ACLU and Casa de Maryland are contesting the uncontestable

July 17, 2011

It was very interesting to hear today that Casa de Maryland and the ACLU have hired a big name lawyer, Joseph Sandler, to help them contest what is already uncontestable, and that is over 100,000 signatures validated by the state board of elections for the Dream Act referendum bill, which is currently slated for statewide vote in 2012. ("In-state tuition opponents have the signatures for referendum" July 8.)

Isn't it worth noting that when a group wants something so badly, that they are willing to go to any lengths to protect their position? If Casa de Maryland and the ACLU were at all confident that their position on this issue was sound, they would now simply leave it to the voters and accept the will of the people. A statewide vote assures that all interested voices will be heard, and their votes given due and equal accord. Does this not correspond to the continual cries for "fairness" that we hear all the time?

It is clear that the will of the people of the state of Maryland does not interest them. What interests them is the financial gain for students of illegal immigrants that will be had if this bill were to finally make its way into law. What interests them even more is the tantalizing prospect of being able, through legal subterfuge, to disenfranchise the process by which referendum appeals happen.

One way or another, should we see any new legislation introduced in the next year making the referendum process even more difficult than it now is, you can be quite sure that that bill will also be heavily challenged by a wide, bipartisan group of voters, as this one was.

People all over the state are fed up with kowtowing to the whims and wishes of the Annapolis oligarchy and their many blind followers in the metro D.C. area. The day of intimidation is over for Maryland politics.

Frank O'Keefe, Perry Hall

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