Enforce legal limits on the right to work I have no...

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September 02, 2006

Enforce legal limits on the right to work

I have no objection to people coming to this country from all over the world to better themselves and their families. I have no objection to these people sending as much of their hard-earned money as they can afford to their family members in their country of origin.

I do have a problem with people coming here illegally. I also have a problem with those who help them break our laws.

We have laws and they should be enforced. Why is this such a difficult concept to grasp ("Waiting for work, help in finding it," Aug. 28)?

But increasing numbers of people seem to believe we have no right to restrict the numbers of people entering the United States. They seem to think that there is no such thing as too much of a good thing.

I would ask them to imagine tens of millions of people coming here every year or perhaps every month. The U.S. economy would collapse.

We must control the number of immigrants to protect the interests of current citizens and future immigrants.

No one benefits if our infrastructure collapses. No one benefits if our first responders and essential services are overwhelmed.

But our immigration laws are now actively ignored by every segment of society.

And, indeed, government at every level expends a great deal of effort and wealth to accommodate individuals we know are here illegally.

Rather than deporting them, we open job centers. Instead of making it harder for them to enter the country illegally, we offer them taxpayer-funded services.

Instead of enforcing the labor laws, we take little action against those who encourage people to come here illegally.

Yet except for a few citizens, most of us seem to view illegal immigration with indifference. This is perhaps the most frightening aspect of this issue.

I can only hope that our citizens will wake up to the threat before it is too late.

Steve Smith

Baltimore

Deport immigrants working illegally

Why do we continue to aid and abet illegal aliens in this state ("Waiting for work, help in finding it," Aug. 28)?

There is an easy fix to this situation: Deport the illegal aliens and arrest the shady contractors who continue to skirt the laws by hiring these individuals.

All we need to do is enforce the laws on the books to eliminate these problems.

Only in America can illegal immigrants and shady contractors so blatantly break laws and have so little done about it.

In fact, some folks even want to build a shelter with taxpayers' money to help them break our laws.

Is there anyone in the government who will stand up and confront this problem?

Rick Slone

Odenton

The Spechts' story sparked real reform

Denny Specht's obituary is a tribute to the thousands of families in Maryland and nationwide who have raised their family members with Down syndrome and other developmental disabilities in their homes and communities ("Dennis W. Specht, 52, bowling fan who coped with Down syndrome," Aug. 24).

The Spechts' story is one very familiar to families in The Arc, many of whom were told to institutionalize a child but rejected that advice to raise their own family.

These individuals and their families have made enormous contributions by educating their communities and the public about the richness of our diversity and the need for a just society that includes everyone, regardless of the severity of their disability.

The Arc is grateful to Mr. Specht and his family for allowing Sun reporter Diana K. Sugg to tell their story to put a face on the issue of waiting lists for services for those with developmental disabilities ("The Forever Children," March 23, 1997).

The Spechts' story appealed to public officials and helped lead to a five-year initiative launched in 1998 to cut the waiting list for services. This effort ultimately aided more than 8,000 children and adults and their families ("Glendening asks funds to take care of disabled," Jan. 16, 1998).

However, today there are 16,000 people on the waiting list for community services for people with developmental disabilities - for family support, residential, day and employment programs.

Every county in Maryland has a person on this waiting list.

They include people living with elderly or very ill caregivers, young families struggling to meet the needs of their children and people who - with the right opportunity - will contribute to our communities.

Cristine Marchand

Annapolis

The writer is executive director of The Arc of Maryland Inc.

State shouldn't sell World Trade Center

I deplore the planned sale of the World Trade Center to private ownership and exploitation ("Trade center buyer may be chosen soon," Aug. 18).

The World Trade Center was primarily intended as a prestigious, signature headquarters for the Port of Baltimore, as well as an anchor for the rebuilding of the Inner Harbor.

It was conceived by the Maryland Port Authority and designed as a first-class building by the world-renowned architect I. M. Pei.

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