From John M. Paff Jr., Republican candidate for State Delegate District 34A:
Our elected leadership’s insistence on being a safe haven state for illegal immigrants is destroying Maryland’s infrastructure and economy. The federal governments failure to enforce our immigration laws is forcing the hand of states all across America. Most of the states are looking to Arizona’s SB1070, I would propose legislation that is a combination of Prince William county, VA and Arizona.
I have heard 2 complaints about Arizona’s SB1070. There is a fear that it will violate the 4th amendment and encourages racial profiling. Mirroring Prince William county, my bill will specify that any person lawfully stopped by police, regardless of race or ethnicity, must have there residency status verified, before being released. This prevents both of these fears. There will be no profiling as everyone will have their status verified and will clearly state that the individual must be lawfully detained. Within 6 months of Prince William County enacting this legislation, their population dropped by 5,000. With the majority of this being illegal immigrants who relocated to Montgomery County, MD. I will also encourage the Maryland State Police and local law enforcement agencies to participate in Immigration and Custom Enforcement’s (ICE) 287(g) program.
The 287(g) program, one of ICE’s top partnership initiatives, allows a state and local law enforcement entity to enter into a partnership with ICE, under a joint Memorandum of Agreement (MOA), in order to receive delegated authority for immigration enforcement within their jurisdictions. The 287(g) program has emerged as one of the agency’s most successful and popular partnership initiatives as more state and local leaders have come to understand how a shared approach to immigration enforcement can benefit their communities.
This program will allow our law enforcement agencies to have members of their department trained as ICE agents. Allowing them to easily check an individual’s status and even refer them for deportation.
This legislation will also require all business’ use the E-Verify program to ensure their employees are eligible for employment in the United States. No business shall employ or use a contractor who employs illegal immigrants. I will not for one-minute listen to another person say that illegal immigrants are doing the jobs that American’s don’t want. I challenge anyone who believes this line of thinking to go to the unemployment office and say this to the Americans standing in line.
In this era of over taxation there is a natural concern of how we will fund this program. Illegal immigration costs the state of Maryland $1.4 billion annually; $30 million on the illegal immigrants that are already in our penal system. Enforcing this piece of legislation will not only pay for itself, but will help balance our budget. Allowing us to focus our tax dollars on the important things like education, public safety and small business’.
John M. Paff Jr.
State Delegate 34A