From the office of Del. Pat McDonough:
President Obama’s lawsuit against Arizona is directed at the wrong state. The allegation that Arizona’s new immigration law is in conflict with federal authorities is completely wrong. The Supreme Court and other federal Appellate courts have ruled consistently that unless state law actually conflicts with federal law, there is no preemption. The Arizona Law simply duplicates the Federal Immigration Act and provides the state with the authority to enforce its tenets. There is no conflict.
However, there is one state among many that creates policies conflicting with federal law. Maryland’s Governor and other politicians continuously impose policies that violate the Federal Immigration Act by aiding and abetting illegal aliens. These misguided actions are known as “sanctuary policies.” The Governor, Baltimore’s Mayor, and General Assembly leaders have been reliable friends of illegal aliens and their professional advocates.
The Federal Immigration Act, in forceful language, prohibits “aiding and abetting” anyone who is here illegally. The most glaring example is the Maryland’s driver’s license system. The “lawmakers who support lawbreakers” that control the General Assembly, along with Mr. O’Malley, passed an amnesty bill last year permitting illegals to continue to have driver’s licenses. This same group of so-called leaders has pumped millions of taxpayers’ dollars into the illegal alien advocacy group known as “Casa de Maryland.” Some of that taxpayer funding helped purchase and revitalize a multi-million dollar mansion to be used as Casa de Maryland’s headquarters.
In Baltimore City, Mayor Rawlings-Blake has continued the “sanctuary policy” of former mayors O’Malley and Dixon. The current city’s chief executive helps to fund day labor centers that assist illegals and mandate that local police may not enforce the Federal Immigration Act. The height of hypocrisy becomes full-blown when it is publicized that Mayor Rawlings-Blake will join as a partner in the lawsuit against Arizona when it is clear she is the one violating federal law.
The saddest part of this tale of dangerous politicians in our state is the consequences they are causing to ordinary citizens. For example, in Baltimore City, crime and drugs are destroying its life blood. 80% of the drugs that help conduct chemical warfare against Baltimore and surrounding areas come across the Mexican border. The gang and drug kingpins who manage this violent system come across the Mexican border. The minority unskilled youth in Baltimore City that suffer from 65% unemployment are having their jobs displaced by unskilled illegals. The black and white working families struggling to educate their children are being forced to spend millions of dollars of their hard-earned money to pay for educational and healthcare benefits for illegals.
As a result of these dangerous policies imposed upon us by reckless politicians, more than 350,000 illegals have invaded our state, costing us approximately 2 billion dollars annually. The Governor, Mayor, and General Assembly leaders are the problem, not the solution. Their hard-core “sanctuary” policies are vigorous violations of federal law. Yes, President Obama, Maryland’s citizens and legal immigrants are hopefully waiting for you to be overcome by honesty and launch a much needed lawsuit against America’s number one “sanctuary” state.
For information, you may contact Delegate Pat McDonough by e-mailing him at Patmcdee@comcast.net or by calling him at 410-238-0025.