Subject: Help Save Maryland- Hagerstown Event a Success! Frederick Sheriff Jenkins a Hero
HAGERSTOWN EDUCATIONAL EVENT REGARDING ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION A SUCCESS.
OVER 150 TEA PARTY MEMBERS UNDERSTAND PROBLEM OF GROWING ILLEGAL ALIEN/CASA OF MARYLAND “CANCER” ACROSS OUR STATE.
What a pleasure to be on the same program with Frederick Sheriff Chuck Jenkins. A true American patriot, Sheriff Jenkins spends his working life serving and protecting the citizens of Frederick County from the scourge of illegal immigration. Working closely with the federal government, Frederick County has the dual protection of the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement “287(g) Program” and the related “Secure Communities” Program.
Despite these sanctioned federal programs, Sheriff Jenkins is constantly battling lawless groups opposed to any enforcement of immigration laws – CASA of Maryland, the ACLU and the NAACP.
Compare Sheriff Jenkins to the pro-illegal alien Chief of Police in Montgomery County, Tom “Barney Fife” Manger, who never arrests illegals and deport them. Manger puts the safety and well being of citizens in jeopardy as he refuses to support programs and policies that will end the fatal attraction of illegal aliens to our state.
The only bad news at the event was the discussion of the recent discovery of an illegal alien Day Laborer Center in Hagerstown at the South End Shopping Center. Event participants were shocked to find that Washington County Commissioner Kristin Aleshire (D), an alleged support of the federal E-Verify program used to screen illegal aliens from the workforce, was fully aware of the center and versed in the paperwork procedure the illegals are filling out to work from this center. Kristin, its a crime to hire an illegal alien and its unlawful for an illegal alien to be working in Maryland!
Illegal immigration concerns raised at forum
By ANDREW SCHOTZ
Frederick County (Md.) Sheriff Charles A. “Chuck” Jenkins said Tuesday that his department’s enforcement of illegal immigration doesn’t involve racial profiling.
Speaking at a forum in Washington County, Jenkins said his deputies stop people who commit crimes or traffic offenses. Later, offenders are asked where they were born and in which country they’re a citizen.
Holder should sue Maryland to be consistent
By: Gregory Kane
Examiner Staff Writer
July 22, 2010
There is simply no delicate, nice way to put this: Attorney General Eric Holder is lying.
On the CBS show “Face the Nation” this past Sunday, Holder said it is “not true at all” that the Department of Justice’s lawsuit against Arizona’s SB 1070 is politically motivated. Then Holder tried to take the constitutional high road, claiming that the Arizona law allowing local police to inquire about the immigration status of those reasonably suspected of being illegal immigrants is “inconsistent with our federal Constitution.”
Oh, is it now? Holder strikes me as one of two things: an attorney general who hasn’t read the Constitution, or an attorney general who’s read it and assumes most of us haven’t.
But there must be tens of thousands of Americans who have read the U.S. Constitution. And we know which powers Article I, Section 10, forbids the states to have. And we know that Arizona’s SB 1070 can’t be even remotely construed as falling into that category.
We are also familiar with the much-maligned (and frankly, much-abused and -misused) 10th Amendment, which gives to the states powers not prohibited by the federal government. And we sure as heck know one of two things: When Holder says SB 1070 is “inconsistent with” and “pre-empted by” federal law, either he doesn’t know what he’s talking about, or he’s deliberately misleading the American people.
I’m going with theory No. 2. Say what you want about President Obama, but you can’t deny this: He’s an intelligent man not prone to appointing driveling idiots to positions of power.
So Holder knows exactly what he’s talking about. For Holder, there exist two U.S. Constitutions: the one that’s actually written, and the one that’s in his head.
Arizona’s SB 1070 might be inconsistent with the Constitution that exists in Holder’s head. That’s why he didn’t say SB 1070 is unconstitutional. He knows it isn’t.
Had he made the claim, Holder would have had to cite the specific article and section, or the specific amendment that SB 1070 violates. He can’t do it; that’s why he throws around words like “inconsistent” and “pre-empted.”
But if Holder were the Mr. Consistency that he claims to be when it comes to federal law, he would, as attorney general, have hauled the state of Maryland into court at least one year ago.
In April of 2009, the state Legislature passed what was supposed to be the Proof of Lawful Presence Act, which would have required Maryland to grant driver’s licenses only to those immigrants who could show they are in our country legally. The law would have brought Maryland in compliance with the federal Real ID Act.
But what did Maryland legislators do?
Eviscerate the law by allowing 350,000 illegal immigrants to renew driver’s licenses they weren’t supposed to have in the first place. It was a flagrant violation of a federal law that’s already on the books.
So now we have Holder, who’s made not move one to have Maryland comply with a federal law that the state has clearly violated, filing a lawsuit against another state for passing a law that is, to use Holder’s favorite new word, “consistent” with the Real ID Act.
There’s one reason that Holder has Arizona and not Maryland on his hit list. Maryland’s violation of federal law was a display of legislators cravenly caving in to political correctness and currying favor with minorities. Arizona legislators did exactly the opposite.
In spite of Holder’s attempts to deceive the American public, his decision to go after Arizona, while ignoring Maryland, is nothing but political.
Examiner Columnist Gregory Kane is a Pulitzer-nominated news and opinion journalist who has covered people and politics from Baltimore to the Sudan.
Storm clouds gathering along U.S.-Mexico border
By Texas Gov. Rick Perry – 07/21/10 05:52 PM ET
In late June, bullets fired during a skirmish in an ongoing and escalating drug war in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, struck El Paso City Hall. Thankfully, no one was injured, but this incident is far from the first time cartel-related violence has impacted communities on the Texas side of the U.S.-Mexico border.
It’s hard to imagine a clearer sign of what’s in store if our nation’s border security issues are not dealt with conclusively and immediately.
Protecting the country’s border and ensuring the safety of its citizens are the basic functions of a federal government. Unfortunately, all signs indicate Washington will, once again, fall far short of achieving the task at hand.
For more than a year and a half, I have called for 1,000 Title 32 National Guard troops to be deployed along the Texas-Mexico border. On Monday, the Obama administration formally announced its plans to send 1,200 National
Guardsmen to the Southwest Border. As it turns out, only 250 personnel — a scant 20 percent of the troops being deployed — are being sent to help guard the 64 percent of U.S.-Mexico border in the Lone Star State.
Those familiar with operations of this scope estimate that, due to the time demands involved in ramping up and ramping down, this deployment, which is slated to last no more than a year, will likely be at full strength for only four months or so.
I’ll be the first to say every little bit helps, and while we’re certainly grateful for these fine Americans and their service in helping secure our border, this is not nearly enough to make the difference we need.
In addition to this deployment plan, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano visited Texas recently to announce $17 million in grant funding to local law enforcement to aid in their efforts to support our Customs and Border Protection partners, who are faced with working too many hours and covering too much territory.
Secretary Napolitano described administration border efforts as moving with an “unprecedented sense of urgency.” We’ve long been calling for additional federal troops and funding, so “urgency” is not the word that springs to mind.
Securing our southern border is a federal responsibility, but ultimately Texas’s problem. In the absence of adequate federal resources, Texas has spent more than $230 million to protect our communities and fulfill a responsibility that Washington has largely ignored.
Texas money is funding additional law enforcement positions and paying overtime to stretch those resources further. We’ve added state-of-the-art aviation assets, including helicopters, along with advanced communications and tactical equipment.
The state has established Joint Operation and Intelligence Centers in each Border Patrol Sector and created quick-response units — called State Trooper Strike Teams and Texas Ranger Recon Teams — that can effectively counter criminal activity in even the most remote areas of the border region.
Thanks to the hard work and dedication of the men and women of the Border Patrol, supported by our local sheriffs, local police and state troopers, these initiatives have had a positive impact.
One look across the border at the gathering storms in cities like Ciudad Juarez, mere miles from El Paso and rapidly devolving into one of the most dangerous cities in the world, and we realize we have a long way to go.
Americans have already been swept up in the violence. In March, a U.S. Consulate employee and his wife were shot to death after leaving a child’s birthday party. Last year, a 15-year-old El Paso girl was killed by stray gunfire in Ciudad Juarez.
The criminal activity is not limited to areas south of the border; drug cartels and transnational gangs have infiltrated Texas prisons, communities and schools. They work to recruit young people with the promise of fast money and easy living. Unfortunately, the only promises fulfilled by drug cartels are a lifetime in jail or a fast death.
A porous border can only lead to more violence. Without border security, there can be no national security.
As I wrote to President Obama on July 14, the scope and magnitude of the threat our nation faces demands a more serious and robust commitment from this administration.
In Texas, we will continue to sound the clarion call as we see the drug-fueled violence in Northern Mexico creeping ever closer to our citizens.
I can only hope President Obama will heed that warning before it’s too late.
Brad Botwin, Director Help Save Maryland