Sunday, February 26, 2006


The immigration issue in Maryland

Politically, I understand Democrats have to tread carefully when it comes to immigration-related issues. Ultimately, though, I think it’s a loser for them because catering to illegals so they can find work at suspected below-minimum wages just doesn’t resonate beyond their already secure hard-core base. Today’s Post reports on recent Minutemen efforts in Maryland. Minutemen Take Campaign to Md. Centers

“Supporters of the day-laborer centers criticize what they call the extreme tactics of the Minutemen. They argue that the group's dispute should be with the federal government, which enforces immigration laws.
"They ought to get on the Red Line, get off at Union Station, walk to Capitol Hill and engage in a dialogue about immigration reform," Perez said. "Their beef is with people in Congress."
Perez is Tom Perez, a Democrat County Councilman in Montgomery County and a law professor at Maryland Law. And he should know better. Those “extreme tactics” referred to consist merely of taking pictures of awaiting day laborers. And our “beef” is with anyone who encourages law breaking in this country. If you’re not here legally, that’s a problem for everyone – not just specially designated Federal employees. Another Democrat sends out a reliable strawman as she falsely equates illegal with legal immigration.
"What I'm hearing now is that it's okay to speak in common circles against the immigrant," said Del. Ana Sol Gutierrez (D), a Salvadoran immigrant who represents Montgomery. "The tone, the acceptance, is what I've never seen here, and I've lived in the U.S. close to 60 years."
Go ahead – make this an issue….please!!

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