Letters To The Editor


April 06, 2007

Aiding lawbreakers adds to lawbreaking

I simply cannot understand what drives The Sun's editorial staff and many of our legislators in Annapolis to believe that by rewarding lawbreakers they will be doing the state and the nation a favor ("The undocumented collegian," editorial, April 1).

Illegal aliens are lawbreakers. They are criminals by definition. They knowingly, willfully broke our laws when they covertly crossed the border to get into this country illegally.

Some brought children with them, making them illegal aliens also.

When these people illegally sneaked into our country, they gave up any claim to the rights and privileges accorded to law-abiding citizens.

They don't deserve benefits. They deserve punishment.

To do what our governor and many legislators want to do will simply encourage more illegal aliens to sneak into our country and state.

Richard Seymour


Regarding in-state tuition for the children of illegal aliens, I think the governor and The Sun have forgotten an important rule from Economics 101: When you subsidize something, you will get more of it.

Since his days as mayor, Gov. Martin O'Malley has been attempting to make Baltimore and Maryland a favored destination for immigrants.

And now he is ignoring the unfortunate impact illegal aliens have on our schools, medical care systems and crime rates.

Encouraging illegal immigration to our state should not be an objective of state or local governments.

Kenneth F. Waters


Helping immigrants `drive to succeed'

Two recent Sun articles highlight our need for immigration reform.

"Immigrants drive to succeed" (April 2) highlights the power of the American dream and shows how immigrants help drive our economy.

Unfortunately, our broken immigration system keeps families apart - just like that of Daniel Obasogie, the cab driver who will have to wait five years to bring his wife and child to the United States.

The editorial "The undocumented collegian" (April 1) rightly focused on the proposal to allow in-state tuition to children of illegal immigrants.

I thank Gov. Martin O'Malley for this plan to assist children to achieve a college education.

Many were brought here as children, often as babies.

Just as Mr. Obasogie will have to wait years for his wife and child, many immigrant children are awaiting decisions on immigration petitions that languish for years in our immigration system.

They often graduate from high school with honors and college acceptances, but cannot go to college while they wait years to become permanent residents.

When a child achieves and we punish that child for political reasons, nobody wins.

Cynthia B. Rosenberg


The writer is a lawyer who works on immigration issues.

Don't citizens merit the same benefits?

As usual, The Sun just doesn't get it.

The Sun's editors believe we should allow children of illegal immigrants to pay in-state college tuition rates so they may achieve more with their lives and contribute more to society ("The undocumented collegian," editorial, April 1).


But then shouldn't children of U.S. citizens who live out of state be granted that same privilege?

Why does The Sun seem to believe we owe more to people who came here illegally than to legal immigrants and citizens from other states?

Gail Householder


Democrats venture into odd territory

The Democrat-led Maryland legislature has passed two bills that could create breathtaking precedents.

The first bill would allow Maryland's illegal aliens to pay in-state tuition to Maryland state colleges and universities, a privilege denied to legal residents of our 49 other states.

The Sun endorses this policy, stating that it "provides a substantial public benefit" ("The undocumented collegian," editorial, April 1).

The second would allow convicted felons to regain the right to vote - including convicted murderers, rapists and child molesters ("Ex-felon voting rights bill passes," March 27).

Am I the sole resident of this state who thinks I am living in a Lewis Carroll-style world - "Through the Looking-Glass"?

Thomas M. Neale


Lame-duck leader holds bill hostage

After reading the editorial "Annapolis ennui" (April 4), I would say, ennui? I don't think so. What is happening borders on arrogance and dishonesty.

How dare state Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, who has announced he will not run for office again, hold legislation hostage to promote slots and the racing industry?

I had respect for this man until now. But as things stand, he doesn't have to answer to anyone, and this is wrong.

I say he should step down immediately and let the other legislators do their job.

I pay taxes to both Anne Arundel County and Worcester County, and I just finished writing a hefty tax check to the Maryland comptroller.

I don't want to see my tax money squandered on a 90-day session that has accomplished so little that truly benefits our environment.

The electorate should insist that the doors be locked and the legislators stay until their work is completed.

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