Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D). (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)Appearing in New Orleans on Saturday, Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) sought to make the case for President Obama’s re-election during a speech that was laced with refernces to Hurricane Katrina.
At the outset of an address to Louisiana Democrats, O’Malley relayed that as mayor of Baltimore in 2005, he deployed a convoy of emergency responders from his city in the aftermath of the hurricane’s destruction.
“We resolved to send help from Maryland regardless of what FEMA said,” O’Malley said in his prepared remarks to the Louisiana Democratic Party Annual Jefferson Jackson Dinner.
“When our team from Maryland reached St. Bernard Parish, they saw something strange,” O’Malley continued. “From the flagpole, it was not the Stars and Stripes, but the red maple leaf of Canada. Our fire chief said, ‘Sherrif, what’s up with the Canadian flag?’ And he said, “Well sir, the first outside relief we received here at St. Bernard came from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.”
In the balance of his speech, O’Malley argued that Obama had moved the country forward despite inheriting daunting economic conditions from President Bush and that this year’s presumptive Republican nominee, Mitt Romeny, wants to take the country back.
ABC News reports, using the term “undocumented worker” to refer to illegal immigrants to be politically correct,
The Department of Homeland Security today announced details of the application and approval process for the DREAM Act-like program, outlining specific eligibility requirements and a $465 fee. It will begin Aug. 15.
Illegal immigrants younger than 30 who came to the United States before age 16, have lived here for at least five years continuously, attend or have graduated from high school or college, and have no criminal convictions are eligible to submit requests for so-called deferred action (legalese for an official exemption from deportation).
The administration said documentation provided by each applicant will be reviewed individually on a case-by-case basis at one of four service centers run by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service. It’s unclear how long each review will take, but some immigrants are expected to receive temporary legal status before Election Day.
On Nov. 6, Maryland voters will actually have the final say regarding the controversial issue of providing in-state college tuition for young adults who have no moral or legal right to be in Maryland. These are uninvited non-citizens who take our jobs, use our public schools, hospitals, health care, and social services with impunity from the law.
Under Gov. Martin O’Malley’s tutelage, Maryland voters have had to tolerate the misguided actions of state and county elected officials who have effectively turned Maryland into a sanctuary for illegal immigrants, costing taxpayers more than $1.9 billion per year. The referendum is an opportunity to send a strong message to Annapolis and the nation that law-abiding citizens oppose amnesty, day labor centers and other costly taxpayer-funded handouts for illegal immigrants.
The Sun editors highlight a “broad coalition of community, religious, labor and civil rights groups” supporting the so-called Maryland Dream Act (“Diverse supporters rally behind Md. Dream Act,” July 19). These groups, and the pandering politicians who support them, do a wonderful job of milking the taxpayers’ resources to push their selfish, often anti-Maryland agendas. But when it comes to justifiable reasons and common sense answers on in-state tuition for illegal immigrants, they come up short. Instead we are subjected to highly emotional, misleading and often racist arguments by the coalition to justify their position.
Here are the facts:
In-state tuition is not free. Taxpayers must cover the difference between out-of-state tuition and the much lower in-state tuition rates as illegal immigrants displace out-of-state students attending Maryland universities. At the University of Maryland College Park it would cost $17,000 per illegal immigrant student per year. Tuition costs will go up for all students.
Deserving Maryland students are displaced. Maryland universities average about 23 percent of their student population as out-of-state, but they are authorized to levels up to 30 percent. As the in-state illegal immigrant student population explodes, universities will be forced to displace thousands of in-state citizen students rather than lucrative out-of-state students.
The law requires applicants to file taxes, not pay taxes. Illegal immigrants only need to file tax returns, not pay taxes to qualify for in-state tuition, and most already file for the child and poverty tax credits. Foreign tourists visiting Maryland pay more in taxes than non-citizens, and tourists don’t use our public schools, colleges, jails or social services.
Subsidizing college education for non-citizens is a bad investment. Federal law prohibits hiring any illegal immigrants. They also can’t legally vote or obtain a Maryland drivers license. However, illegal immigrants in Maryland can simply pay the out-of-state tuition rates if they desire a higher education, just like international students had they stayed in their home country.
There are over 300,000 illegal immigrants in Maryland, and their numbers are growing. Thousands could qualify for in-state tuition now and in the future. Costs to subsidize their college education could reach hundreds of millions of dollars. Struggling Maryland taxpayers already pay too much!
Video Dream Act Rally In Silver Spring, MD WUSA 9 – I Am Tired Of Illegal Aliens Who Think They Can Do As They Please on our Backs – Why Weren’t These Illegal Aliens Arrested on the Spot? Casa De Maryland Dreamers?
I am totally incensed by this. First off, thank you Brad Botwin of Help Save Maryland for getting a couple of lines in as they remained focused on the Illegal Aliens In Maryland. Here is what I am pissed off about. First off, the only taxes these illegal alien parents are showing is the Child Credit Tax, secondly, if this Woman’s parent in this piece, who refuses to give her proper name, has been in this country for 10 years, why in the hell have they not filed for Citizenship? This is what pisses me off, you would have been a citizen by now, but instead, you would rather be here illegally and break the laws, and fraudulently submit bogus tax claims and drain the Legal Citizens Tax Payer Coffer. I am sick and tired of the lies coming out of these Illegals Mouth and they have no right to speak up in this country, let alone take people to court, if they are taking Joe Blow citizen to court over Civil Issues, they should be arrested on the spot and deported.
SILVER SPRING, Md. -
The streets of Silver Spring were filled for part of Sunday afternoon with about 800 young people calling on Maryland voters to keep intact the Dream Act passed by the legislature.
The legislation would allow undocumented teens and young adults to attend state universities and community colleges at the “in-state” rates of tuition, provided the student spent three years in a Maryland high school and the family has filed Maryland income tax forms.
Opponents have gathered enough signatures to put the issue before voters.
Proponents of the Dream Act say even undocumented families pay taxes, and they must prove it to be eligible for in-state tuition.
“The law states that your parents need to have paid Maryland taxes for at least three years,” said a young demonstrator named Joel, “and will continue to pay Maryland taxes.” Because of his undocumented status, Joel asked that his last name not be used.
Opponents say Maryland cannot afford to open the door to undocumented young people with in-state tuition — that taxes in the Free State are already too high.
“I just had an income tax [hike], property tax, bag tax (here in Montgomery Co.), energy tax. Uh, we’ve had it,” said Brad Botwin with Help Save Maryland during an interview. “Our students need to come first. The citizen students. And we need to focus on them.”
Subject: Help Save Maryland – Weds Aug 8, 7pm Film Event in Rockville – Don’t Miss This!
Help Save Maryland ACTION ALERT
Please join Help Save Maryland and our friends from the Maryland Society of Patriots (Sam Hale’s organization) as we jointly host a viewing of the new and enlighting film,
“THEY COME TO AMERICA”
“The Must See Illegal Immigration Film So Many People Don’t Want You To See!”
Our guest speaker for the evening will be Dennis Michael Lynch, the producer of the film. Dennis will provide background on how this important film came to be and will take questions from the audience.
Leaders from HSM and MSOP will provide an update on the latest illegal immigration issues confronting Maryland and the status of the upcoming voter referendum concerning In-State College Tuition for Illegal Immigrants on the November 6, 2012 ballot.
Details of Obama’s Amnesty sellout of the American Worker will also be discussed as millions of Illegal Alien “Dreamers” begin to sign up for work permits, despite the 8.3% and rising unemployment rate for American citizens!
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Lawmakers seek favors in exchange for gambling votes
Is Delegate Curt Anderson about to Breakdown?
Baltimore delegates are looking for concessions in return for their votes in favor of expanding gambling in Maryland, an issue which will dominate the special legislative session that begins this week.
Del. Curt Anderson, D-Baltimore, said the Department of Legislative Services is preparing three bills related to school construction funding he plans to introduce on behalf of the Baltimore city delegation.
Convinced that Gov. Martin O’Malley has yet to secure enough votes to pass the gambling bill, Baltimore delegates are only willing to approve the legislation if their own bills pass the General Assembly as well, Anderson said.
“Nobody in Annapolis, from representatives to the Speaker’s office to secretaries walking the hallways, believes there’s enough votes for this bill,” he told reporters on Friday. “If they know that, the governor probably knows that, too.”
It’s unclear how many other lawmakers are preparing bills to introduce during the special session, which is scheduled to begin on Thursday. Dozens of bills are being worked on at this time, according to legislative services staff, but some may not be introduced until the next regular 90-day session in January 2013, or may never be introduced at all.
Some Montgomery County council members, also convinced that the governor needs more votes, are wondering why their delegates aren’t asking for anything in return for support of the gambling expansion. County Executive Ike Leggett announced his support for the bill in July, and some council members want assurances of new transportation funding for the county.
“I think it’s distressing that we haven’t had a conversation about what does Montgomery County get out of this,” said Councilman Marc Elrich, D-at large, at a legislative meeting in June. “It’s kind of distressing that we could walk away with absolutely nothing.”
House Speaker Michael Busch, who met with Democratic leadership in Annapolis on Friday, said there has been little discussion of any legislation beyond the gambling bill. Other lawmakers are wary of weighing down the gambling debate with demands.
And Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake warned city delegates against pushing too hard for concessions related to the gambling bill.
But Anderson said it’s important delegates be prepared regardless.
“You can’t negotiate something that doesn’t exist.”
Delegates so far have only met to ensure the governor’s bill is amenable enough to pass a vote in their chamber, according to Busch. Concessions such as those being requested by Baltimore city lawmakers — as well as some demands from developers of an Anne Arundel County casino, including the legalization of Internet gambling — aren’t a part of the debate, he said.
“The governor will put the bill in,” Busch said. “We just want to make sure the things he has in the bill will be supported by the House.”
As far as Internet gambling is concerned, “it’d be unfair for me to discuss something I know very little about,” he said.
Terms of the bill were not made available to reporters, though Busch said the legislation must include efforts to protect county gambling revenues at existing casino sites and allow Prince George’s County voters to have the final say in whether or not a casino should be built in their jurisdictions.
Job Opportunity: Get Out the Vote with CASA de Maryland
ug 02, 2012
Standing on the Side of Love is posting this job description on behalf of our friends working to engage the Latino vote at the ballot box this November. Please circulate widely.
Field Organizer, Montgomery & Prince George’s Counties
CASA de Maryland is hiring several field organizers for a Latino voter engagement initiative. The project will focus heavily on voter registration and “Get Out the Vote” (GOTV) efforts ahead of this November’s elections in Maryland. The program will primarily operate in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties in Maryland and will involve a combination of door-to-door canvassing, phonebanking, community outreach, and more. Field organizers will be responsible for contacting voters regarding voter registration opportunities and to encourage turnout for this November’s election.
Hours: Field organizers will be employed for 6 days per week (30 hours per week) from early-August to mid-October, with the possibility of employment through mid-November. Organizers can expect to work on a typical campaign schedule. Days and hours may vary by week, but field activities will ordinarily occur seven days a week, including some evenings. Organizers should expect to work weekend hours.
Duties/Responsibilities: Duties may include, but are not limited to:
- Engage in door-to-door canvassing to register new Latino voters and mobilize infrequent voters.
- Call Montgomery & Prince George’s County residents to encourage voter registration and voter turnout.
- Conduct voter registration drives and GOTV activities with church and campus partners and at public events.
- Other duties assigned by supervisor related to position.
- Ability to perform all of the duties outlined above.
- Valid U.S. Driver’s License and own transportation is a must.
- Fluency in Spanish strongly preferred.
- Previous experience in political or grassroots organizing a plus, but not required.
- Commitment to social change and to furthering CASA’s goals of increasing Latino civic engagement in Maryland.
- Excellent interpersonal and speaking skills.
- Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
- Must be able to work flexible hours including evenings and weekends.
- Experience working with immigrant or low-income communities a plus.
At a special legislative session set to begin next week, the Maryland General Assembly will consider adding to the ranks of the state’s casinos and allowing them to expand their offerings beyond slots to include the likes of blackjack, craps and roulette.
This week, rank-and-file lawmakers have been relegated to a game of another sort: waiting.
Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) announced the session July 27, but his office has yet to release the bill that will be considered when the session opens Thursday. While the broad strokes are known — authorization of a Prince George’s County casino and Las Vegas-style table games — many key details are not. That has not made vote-counting easy.
“It’s certainly hard to know what we’re talking about,” said Del. Tom Hucker (D-Montgomery), reflecting the frustrations of many lawmakers. “It’s all relatively abstract without a bill.”