Democrats get set to reward lawbreakers

posted at 9:32 pm on February 26, 2007 by Bryan

What is the value of citizenship, when a country decides to reward assaults against it?

There’s a pro-illegal move afoot in Maryland that is infuriating, but not at all surprising. The Democrats control the state, and they’re worse than the Republicans on immigration issues. Governor Martin O’Malley is apparently set to grant illegal aliens in-state tuition prices at state universities.

As states nationwide are embroiled in battles over immigrants’ rights, Maryland lawmakers are again wrestling with the contentious issue — and showing signs of easing some restrictions.

The most recent flash point: a bill that would allow illegal immigrants to pay in-state tuition at Maryland colleges. Immigrant advocates think the bill has the best chance of passing in years. In 2003, the legislature approved the measure, but Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. vetoed it; this year, Gov. Martin O’Malley has pledged support.

The people of Maryland did not put Martin O’Malley into the governor’s mansion so he could grant benefits to illegals that US citizens living in nearby Virginia or Pennsylvania or even faraway Oklahoma don’t qualify for. It’s a travesty to reward people who have serially broken the law, but that’s what Democrats and open-borders Republicans do nowadays routinely. All in the name of pandering for votes, or keeping labor costs artificially low.

Advocates view the endorsement as evidence of the new administration’s embrace of immigrants regardless of their legal status.

Which is an insult to those of us who have had to run the immigration gauntlet the legal way, but never mind that. I wonder now, what was the point of the time, expense and paperwork? It might well have cost my family some government largesse.

They say lawmakers seeking to clamp down on illegal immigration have taken notice and have pushed few get-tough provisions this session. An immigrants’ rally is scheduled for tomorrow in Annapolis.

Ok, Baltimore Sun, your bias is showing. Let me fix that sentence for you. It should read like this:

An immigrants’ illegal aliens rally is scheduled for tomorrow in Annapolis.

That’s better. It’s less blurry on the real distinctions between legal and illegal immigrants.

Eduardo Tapia, an illegal immigrant who lives in Hyattsville, said that if the legislature passes the in-state tuition bill, he could finally go to college.

“I have a dream that one day I might be sitting where you are,” Tapia, 21, told a House of Delegates committee during a recent hearing on the tuition bill. “But I’m afraid that without college, all my dreams won’t come true.”

Here’s a suggestion: Become a citizen. It’s not that hard. It’s certainly not as difficult as going to college. But I guess since many employers don’t care about citizenship and most cities won’t enforce immigration law and since the feds don’t seem to care, what’s the point of citizenship anymore?

Opponents say they will continue to fight what they term a movement to make Maryland a “sanctuary state” for those who are in the country illegally.

Great. And the boy governor is in the tank for them. And MSM outlets like the Sun will cast their position favoring serial lawbreakers as a struggle against racism and injustice or whatever, omitting entirely the crime costs of illegal immigration, the national security implications of our porous border and all the other downsides of our failure to secure the nation. Poll after poll should tell the politicians that their favoritism of illegals over US citizens is unpopular, but they don’t care. Life just goes on.

O’Malley will probably sign the bill once the Democrat-locked legislature passes it, and illegal aliens will get in-state tuition in Maryland while citizens living right over the line in other states can’t. People who have broken the law will have been rewarded at the expense of the law-abiding. The costs of all of this will be passed on to the Maryland taxpayer, college tuition in the state will keep skyrocketing, and it’ll become harder for middle class citizens who pay the taxes and don’t get the coddling breaks to send our kids to college.

And for the politicians like O’Malley, life just goes on.

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On top of everything else, last I heard most colleges still require applicants to pass enrollment requiremtents. Like proving you have a high school diploma (or equivalent), have a certain grade point average and scored above a certain level on standardized tests. All this is to ensure that the applicant “has what it takes” to be a successfull student. How do the illegals manage this? Or do they get a pass on that as well?

taznar on February 26, 2007 at 9:45 PM

It’s like, why get a job when they give you welfare, why work hard when the slacker is covered by the union, why get insurance when the next guy that comes into the ER will have your costs tacked onto his bill? This also goes along with all the laws, like gun control, that only tips the scales in favor of the guy breaking the law.

– The Cat

P.S. No live blogging 24? Oh yeah, it’s booooooooring. This episode is like an afterschool special.

MirCat on February 26, 2007 at 9:54 PM

Add another expense you are paying for – educating the illegal alien – to funding their health care

I believe that one the main reasons our health care costs are increasing at such at a rapid rate is that we are funding the health care of illegal aliens who do not pay for their services. We wind up paying increased fees, for less services, and higher deductables.

Allowing illegal aliens in-state registration fees while charging legal aliens and Americans a much higher rate is outrageous. What can be done about it I don’t know.

omegaram on February 26, 2007 at 9:56 PM

If we renounce our citizenship; can we stop paying taxes AND get better benefits?

lorien1973 on February 26, 2007 at 10:06 PM

awesome. why stop at in-state tution?

First off all Maryland colleges will be required to offer every single class in English AND Spanish.

Race grades will be established so people from disadvantaged backgrounds will be able to pass their tests.

Finally, tax incentives will be given to companies to hire these guys once they graduate.

wryteacher on February 26, 2007 at 10:09 PM

“I have a dream that one day I might be sitting where you are,” Tapia, 21, told a House of Delegates committee during a recent hearing on the tuition bill. “But I’m afraid that without college, all my dreams won’t come true.”

Try the University of Juarez, they have excellent courses in drug-smuggling, forgery and landscaping – the stepping stones to success in GringoLand.

America the Beautiful, where Democrats make dreams come true for illegal aliens.

fogw on February 26, 2007 at 10:13 PM

Who are the legal eagles out there?
What happens when a Virginia resident legal files suit to get Maryland residence rates? Class action suit? One person from each of the other 49 states?

naliaka on February 26, 2007 at 10:13 PM

“I have a dream that one day I might be sitting where you are,” Tapia, 21, told a House of Delegates committee during a recent hearing on the tuition bill. “But I’m afraid that without college, all my dreams won’t come true.”

Wow, heart-warming. Too bad our Constitution, which is over 200 years old, doesn’t let you. You know why? You’re not a citizen!

Doing the jobs Americans won’t do? Does that now extend to positions in government? Because if they need someone to do, this is one American who will do the job. I was just unaware there were no Americans willing to be legislaters.

amerpundit on February 26, 2007 at 10:39 PM

Ok, something just smacked me in the face, after reading this post a second time. The guy sat right in front of state officials, told them he was here illegally, was using our system, wants us to pay for his college, and they let him walk?

That’s like wanted serial killers demanding rights, by going in front of the police department, and telling them they’re wanted, and the cops letting them walk.

amerpundit on February 26, 2007 at 10:41 PM

Nothing new in California…….. coming to a state near you, anytime now.

By the way, you might want to add this link to your favorites.

It will be helpful very soon…………

PinkyBigglesworth on February 26, 2007 at 10:43 PM

Try the University of Juarez, they have excellent courses in drug-smuggling, forgery and landscaping – the stepping stones to success in GringoLand.


If we renounce our citizenship; can we stop paying taxes AND get better benefits?

I’ve wondered that just about every single day.

amerpundit on February 26, 2007 at 10:44 PM

Well, I’m about to the renoucing point too so I can get all the goodies, no I’m not but this stuff makes me sick. UUGGHH-well off for about 6 weeks because we’re being packed out tomorrow. Will miss chatting with you all.

Catie96706 on February 26, 2007 at 10:56 PM

Thanks Nancy!

spmat on February 26, 2007 at 11:21 PM

what is amazing is the lack of caring. It is as if it is not happening. In NC we have a special task force trained in M13 (the Mexican mafia type gang) tactics, in North Carolina for Gods sake. It is just not California however, I wish everyone could go, at 11pm to any California emergency center, you would swear you were downtown Tijuana. I am not talkig about Santa Ana, or the Pico district, try upscale Yorba Linda or Mountain View. Our medical system at work. When I go back to California, I shake my head at the road sign with a picture of a women pulling a child across the road…a drive with caution sign of illegal border crossers running on the highway…75 miles from the border.
It must be great being a senator or congressman, never have to worry about health care, insurance, retirement, or what your constituents have to put up with. What a great life we give them, I hope they appreciate it.

right2bright on February 26, 2007 at 11:25 PM

The legislature floated this idiotic balloon here in NC last year sometime I think…. Funny, it didn’t happen, and disappeared off the radar. (I suspect only until Merrrrrryland passes theirs – Thanks pantloads, A-holes!!)

tickleddragon on February 26, 2007 at 11:42 PM

my 2nd son was born in CA. We paid taxes to the state for 12 years. Our son is interested in language. It turned out that UC Santa Barbara had a very good language school. We would have paid out of state tuition for the kid to study there. Not an option I told him…

Babs on February 26, 2007 at 11:51 PM

Washington did this already, but left a loophole

But as passed by lawmakers, the measure also left a wide loophole for a unique class of international students here on nonimmigrant visas who also graduated from Washington high schools.

They generally entered this country as exchange students or children of employment-visa holders whose parents work for large regional employers, such as Microsoft.

They have been admitted to colleges and universities across the state under any number of temporary visas issued for such purposes as business visits, education and religious work.

Seldom are they in desperate financial need, many point out.

“It seems the largest group here [at the UW] from other countries are enrolled in private high schools, often Christian schools,” said Tim Washburn, assistant vice president for enrollment services at the UW.

Seventy-five percent of the 44 program enrollees at the UW were visa holders.

rw on February 26, 2007 at 11:58 PM

“But I’m afraid that without college, all my dreams won’t come true.”

THIS statement is infuriating for so many reasons. First of all, why isn’t it important that without legal citizenship his dreams won’t come true? THAT should be the first priority! Not his freakin’ education. Apparently, he didn’t learn enough about what it means to be a legal citizen of our country to have even a modicum of respect for our laws, OR the people of this country. If he’s like most illegal aliens who live where I do, he probably doesn’t even have insurance on the vehicle he freely drives.

But I guess since many employers don’t care about citizenship and most cities won’t enforce immigration law and since the feds don’t seem to care, what’s the point of citizenship anymore?

Truly! I mean really. What is the point of trying to become a citizen when you can so easily find sanctuary cities and government programs all designed to give you a free pass – ALL at the taxpayers expense.

When will dems and open-borders republicans wake up? When it’s too late? When all middle class Americans are paying sky-high taxes to support these lawbreakers?

I’m so fed up with it. My congressman actually cares, but he’s a lonely voice in a room full of illegal alien advocates (a.k.a. the Democrat party).

thedecider on February 27, 2007 at 12:03 AM

Potestas Democraticorum delenda est!

georgej on February 27, 2007 at 12:13 AM

In-state tuition is predicated on the theory that residents are contributing to the state system of higher education through their taxes. In-state tuition for illegals means that

Illegal aliens who are state residents (whom these rule changes typically benefit) presumably pay state sales taxes and, perhaps indirectly as leasers, real estate taxes. But do they pay the income taxes that are the core of state education budgets? Well, not through any company that is conscientious in its hiring practices. And if your employees are flying under the radar, why deduct taxes — federal income, Social Security/Medicare, or state income? And if you are flying under the radar, why pay them?

And, oh yeah, I suspect that your dream of being a member of the prestigious Maryland House of Delegates requires U.S. citizenship.

raybury on February 27, 2007 at 12:28 AM

“But I’m afraid that without college, all my dreams won’t come true.”

How many Americans have to give up their dreams to pay for this jackass to go to college?

91Veteran on February 27, 2007 at 12:49 AM

Speaking of rights illegal aliens aren’t entitled too.

Newton aldermen OK vote for noncitizens

February 25, 2007

By a 20-4 vote, Newton aldermen approved allowing residents who are not US citizens the right to vote in local elections.

Ted Hess-Mahan , alderman at large from Ward 3 , sponsored the measure, saying it is only fair that residents who pay taxes, send their kids to school, and own property in Newton should also be able to vote on measures that affect them. The overwhelming vote contrasts with 2005, when Hess-Mahan couldn’t drum up support for a similar proposal.

Mayor David Cohen must ask the city’s legislative delegation to file the proposal with the Legislature, which must approve it as a home-rule measure.

Hess-Mahan said Cambridge, Amherst, and Wayland are seeking similar approval.


Speakup on February 27, 2007 at 2:28 AM

Democrats get set to reward lawbreakers

I love bashing Democrats, but it’s comical to blame Democrats for this embarrassment. Other than a select few Republicans, it would be almost impossible to tell he difference between the two parties on illegal immigration issues.

Gregor on February 27, 2007 at 2:42 AM

I think you are finally getting it……… this country has been invaded, the liberals have funded them for votes, they are entrenched, their children are citizens, and our elected officials will bow to their minority status until the majority is crushed……….

But, then that sparks the next question, if they are not willing to change their own country, and every aspect of their culture is coming here, how many more years, with the ACLU behind them, will the United States become a third world hell hole that you want to escape?

(crickets chriping……)

PinkyBigglesworth on February 27, 2007 at 3:09 AM

Wow, if I was a Maryland taxpayer, I’d be really angry about this …

Ali-Bubba on February 27, 2007 at 3:19 AM

Instead of deporting all the illegal aliens, why don’t we deport ALL of our Senators and Representatives and start all over with a fresh bunch that will look out for the interests of the citizens of THIS country !!

DoctorDentons on February 27, 2007 at 6:16 AM

It is truly looking more and more like we need a viable third-party option in this country:

The Stop-Giving-Our-Nation-Away Party.

hillbillyjim on February 27, 2007 at 7:01 AM

If Republicans were smart, they would find an illegal who would be willing to run for a Democrats seat. Watch how fast they would hen start shutting down these idiot programs, if their own jobs were in jeopardy.

But they are not smart.

CrimsonFisted on February 27, 2007 at 8:59 AM

When will they pass a law making it illegal to impersonate an illegal immigrant?

JackM on February 27, 2007 at 10:32 AM

Non-citizens to Choose Next President Says U.S. Border Control
Source: PRNewswire
Published: 11-9-00
Posted on 11/09/2000 19:38:03 PST by Mia T

MCLEAN, Va., Nov. 9 /PRNewswire/ — “Whichever candidate wins the
electoral vote in Florida and goes on to become President of the United
States will have won his margin of victory by the votes of non-citizens
and illegal aliens, voting in mass numbers in South Florida,” charged
Edward Nelson, President, U.S. Border Control.

Motor-Voter Fraud

The Changing Florida Electorate

Eliciting Votes from Resident Aliens Using Government Databases

Speakup on February 27, 2007 at 12:09 PM

Illinois (Blue State) is already way ahead of these latecomers.

major john on February 27, 2007 at 1:18 PM

Nice article Major.

Speakup on February 27, 2007 at 1:32 PM

Illegal Immigration is the most important issue in front of us today, PERIOD.

I will vote for Tancredo, if given the chance. He is the only candidate that is doing what’s best for America.

shooter on February 27, 2007 at 2:46 PM

The peoples republic of Washington State has had this for years.

And, BTW, these are not IMMIGRANTS – they have not been granted immigration status. They are illegal ALIENS.


I know its a minor point but don’t let them confuse ILLEGAL ALIENS with IMMIGRANTS. They are **not** the same!

Illegal Aliens are LAWBREAKERS who are here in VIOLATION OF FEDERAL LAW. By definition they are NOT LAW-ABIDING. They are one of the groups who are dragging this country down and should be UNWELCOME.

Legal immigrants are law-abiding (for the most part) and have been vetted with background checks — they are what made this country great and are WELCOME.

CrazyFool on February 27, 2007 at 4:18 PM

I called that Bishops office who is pro illegals and the woman who answered kept correcting me when I called them Illegal Aliens. She kept saying UNDOCUMENTED….I corrected her and said ILLEGAL ALIENS and I said “Did yo know the boy kidnapped in Florida was by a an Illegal Alien? She did n’t care. When it comes to “undocumented” that tmeans the entire populaton of the planet is now eligible to be an American. Who knew being a citizen of this country came so cheaply? I now understand those former soldiers anger at Bush giving this country away when it is they who fought for it with their lives. Bush can’t appreciate it nor can Kennedy. Have either of them ever worked a day in their lives? We are in for it, anarchy and no country to speak of thanks to Bush and his cronies. It is vile and disgusting what he is doing to a once great country.
Those of you who do NOT belong to NUMBERSUSA had better get busy because we are in for the fight of this countrys life to prevent the sellout by these eltitist snobs.

Mellen on February 27, 2007 at 5:38 PM