July 14, 2010
I resent the time and effort being wasted by our local lawmakers and now our governor over the proposed Arizona immigration law. Your editorial ("Issue migrates from Arizona," July 13) fails to clarify the difference between immigration and illegal immigration. Arizona's law only relates to those in the country illegally. When the federal government won't do its job, and a situation becomes so bad, local authorities have to act. In May, the Baltimore City Council passed a resolution opposing Arizona's proposed law, and some council members wore buttons created specifically for the occasion.
April 23, 2012
It was ridiculous to read that the Maryland National Guard is being sent to Texas to patrol the border ("Md. National Guard to aid patrol of Mexican border," April 19). The only people coming over the southern border are the very poor who are desperate for some semblance of a decent life. If the Maryland Guard is in need of work, I think a better use of its members would be to go after the corporate tax cheats. For example, the guard should be arresting the CEO and the board of Wells Fargo.
June 5, 2005
THOUSANDS of guns and other dangerous weapons routinely purchased in the United States and smuggled into Mexico are hampering anti-crime efforts along the border, where violent drug wars and kidnappings - including those of at least 27 Americans - have left hundreds of people dead. The Bush administration must address this problem or it will seriously strain overtaxed U.S. border security and anti-smuggling efforts. Mexican officials, as well as Canadians, frequently voice frustration that their restrictive gun regulations are being undermined by America's more permissive guns laws.
March 23, 2005
WHEN MEXICAN President Vicente Fox was asked recently if he thought an immigration deal might be reached today when he meets with President Bush in Texas, Mr. Fox did not mince words. "Absolutely not," he responded, voicing his resignation that the U.S.-Mexico migration agreement he once believed was possible may not even happen during his presidency. Who could blame him? For the last five years, Mr. Bush has been promising Mr. Fox an immigration reform plan that would provide willing workers for American employers and paying jobs for unemployed Mexicans.
October 11, 1993
San Diego. -- Think of Upper and Lower (Baja) California as the two shanks of your arm. Where they meet at the elbow there should be a nice round olecranon bone and lots of soft material to allow smooth movement between the two.Right now, at the U.S.-Mexico border, it's just two bits of hard bone butting painfully up against each other.It is, of course, la frontera that is the problem, with its boundary fence perpetuating vast differences of language, economy and culture. It dictates an abrupt end of one civilization and the sudden beginning of another and creates a siege mentality on both sides.
October 26, 2011
About 40,000 U.S. troops will be returning from Iraq this year. Why not put those who can't find jobs on their return to work patrolling our 1,969-mile border with Mexico? They might not be able to patrol the entire length. However, they could watch the areas where illegals and drugs are known to cross over or tunnel under the border. This would serve two purposes. It would keep the military employed and ready for future problems and it would protect the United States in its quest to stem the tide of illegal drugs and people entering our country.