O'Malley and undocumented immigrants [Letter]

February 17, 2014

Gov. Martin O'Malley welcomes undocumented immigrants into the state, so he shouldn't wonder that Maryland experiences a higher share of deportations than other states ("O'Malley seeks answers from DHS on immigration program," Feb. 11).

He complains that undocumented immigrants who have no criminal record are being deported. If he understood the law or choose to enforce it, he would know that entering the U.S. without a visa or passing through customs is a crime. It is his duty to enforce the law.

He allows undocumented immigrants to get drivers licenses and generally do whatever they like it while protecting them from local law enforcement.

It is a shame that the children of these immigrants suffer because of their parents' failure to follow our laws. But American children suffer as well. American children compete for the same jobs and opportunities as undocumented immigrants.

And American children get held back in school because some of their classmates can't speak English.

However, Mr. O'Malley continues to welcome these immigrants, whom he calls New Americans, and to complain when they are deported.

J. Michael Collins, Reisterstown

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