How can a broke state give breaks to illegal immigrants?

March 24, 2011

I cannot believe that a state with billions of dollars of budget shortfalls has voted to extend in-state tuition to illegal or "undocumented" Marylanders. This will not only take up precious slots for Maryland children who are legal residents of the country, but also cost the state millions of dollars in out-of state fees paid by potential students who live outside Maryland's boundaries.

The most cynical part of this "political pandering" is the argument that the more education these students obtain, the better their earning potential and the more taxes they will contribute in the future. As an owner of a high-tech Maryland business, I would just like to say that it is a federal crime, punishable by fines and imprisonment, for me to hire any illegal worker regardless of the amount of college degrees they posses.

The current politics of both this state and nation remind me once again, to borrow a phrase from one of your editorial contributors, Ron Smith, "that we are truly living in the golden age of stupid people."

Dave Klunk

The writer is president of Community Environmental Laboratories, Inc.

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