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July 13, 2014
President Barack Obama first gives the "come on" signal to these Central American countries. So they take him up on it and overwhelm our already overworked border patrol. Now Mr. Obama is asking for $3.7 billion to clean up "his" mess ( "America's refugee crisis," July 9). There is something wrong with this picture. When he says that these children and the rest of the illegal invaders will be sent back, he knows darn well that it will never happen - like "you can keep your doctor.
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By Colin Campbell and The Baltimore Sun | September 21, 2014
One person was killed in a crash on Erdman Avenue at Interstate 895 in the Pulaski Industrial Area Sunday, police said. Department spokesman Sgt. Jarron Jackson said four people were in the vehicle when it went off the road and flipped upside down. The other passengers' conditions were not released, and it's unclear what caused the accident. Few details were immediately available; this post will be updated. Roughly five miles away on Pulaski Highway in Rosedale, a 53-year-old man had to be extricated from his overturned vehicle by Baltimore County firefighters.
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NEWS
June 12, 2014
Once again, new problems arise at our southern border simply because our federal legislators both past and present have failed to protect this vast border so businesses would have access to cheap labor ( "Shelter plan raises concern," June 11). The biggest losers are young black Americans, often due to poor educational opportunities and broken families. This whole dilemma was caused by our elected representatives who ignored the possibility of the calamity we now face. We have a plague that may be incurable, and it was caused by greed.
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Robert L. Ehrlich Jr | August 17, 2014
Time for a brutal assessment regarding the state of immigration reform in America. Extreme partisans on both sides of the aisle - you will not like what you read over the next two minutes. Hopefully, the rest of you will chew on it for a bit. First, the GOP. The upside here is that a majority of Republicans seem to have at least some appreciation for the rule of law. In the context of immigration reform, this instinct plays out in a desire to enforce the law - just like every other civilized country in the world, especially Mexico.
NEWS
June 9, 2010
Egypt has closed its border with Gaza and is building a 10 millimeter thick steel wall there to defend against Hamas. We hear no howls of outrage from the international community. The U.S. has hundreds of miles of security fencing to keep illegal immigrants from crossing our borders. Hundreds of millions of our tax dollars pay for it. China has a wall that is thousands of years old, originally built to defend her boundaries. We travel thousands of miles to walk on it. Hamas is a declared terrorist group with a charter that calls for the destruction of the state of Israel.
NEWS
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.
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Erin Cox and The Baltimore Sun | August 7, 2014
Gov. Martin O'Malley is encouraging his supporters to launch an old-fashioned letter writing campaign to persuade Congress not to fast-track deportations of the thousands of unaccompanied minors who illegally crossed the U.S. border. O'Malley's political action committee, O' Say Can You See, on Thursday urged people to write letters to editors at newspapers across the country. The committee provided a form letter that invokes O'Malley's public comments.  The letter reads, "I agree with Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley when he said, "The greatest power we have as a people is the power of our principles, and that we should not send these kids back without a chance for them to make a case that they fled their country from fear of violence.' " O'Malley has gained national attention - and a rebuke from The White House - for his comments on dealing with what he has called a "humanitarian crisis" at the border.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
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Erin Cox and The Baltimore Sun | August 7, 2014
Gov. Martin O'Malley is encouraging his supporters to launch an old-fashioned letter writing campaign to persuade Congress not to fast-track deportations of the thousands of unaccompanied minors who illegally crossed the U.S. border. O'Malley's political action committee, O' Say Can You See, on Thursday urged people to write letters to editors at newspapers across the country. The committee provided a form letter that invokes O'Malley's public comments.  The letter reads, "I agree with Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley when he said, "The greatest power we have as a people is the power of our principles, and that we should not send these kids back without a chance for them to make a case that they fled their country from fear of violence.' " O'Malley has gained national attention - and a rebuke from The White House - for his comments on dealing with what he has called a "humanitarian crisis" at the border.
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Dan Rodricks | August 2, 2014
Jermin Laviera, an energetic woman with a bright and generous smile, works on the first floor of the Esperanza Center in Southeast Baltimore, which gives her a street-level perspective on the immigrant crisis emanating hundreds of miles away in Central America. Just about every day, undocumented immigrants — parents with children, children without parents — walk through Esperanza's front door on South Broadway. They all need help, and they all have stories — often ugly ones.
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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | July 26, 2014
Surrounded by strangers in a dusty border town just south of the United States, 17-year-old Hilda Lopez bowed her head to pray - a rare moment of peace in a journey that had allowed little time for reflection. Since leaving Guatemala three weeks earlier, she had entered Mexico on foot, traveled day and night in a truck crammed with dozens of people and slept outside, huddling next to flea-infested cows for warmth. Now Lopez was about to enter the U.S. illegally, joining a surge of unaccompanied minors who have fled Central America in recent months.
NEWS
July 17, 2014
The Democrats spend a lot of time and money making America attractive to illegal immigrants. Then when they show up by the tens of thousands they act surprised. This country would be much better served if our politicians took the $3.7 billion dollars in emergency funds the Obama administration has requested and used it to seal our borders ( "America's refugee crisis," July 9).That won't happen as long as the Democrats control the government because everyone allowed to enter this country illegally is a potential Democratic vote.
NEWS
July 15, 2014
We thank the nameless graffiti artist in Carroll County who spray painted a denunciation of an aborted plan to house some of the thousands of unaccompanied minors who have crossed the southern U.S. border in recent months at a military facility near Westminster. He or she has told us all we need to know about what's driving the furor over these children. No, we're not going to harp on the first part of the message — "No illeagles here" — and claim that stupidity is at the heart of things.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | July 15, 2014
I can't believe how much talk about the Texas border crisis I've heard on cable news the last two weeks without any mention of the Mariel boatlift of 1980. This is textbook for what I mean about TV news -- from the network and cable level on down -- being hopelessly short on context and any sense of even recent American history. No wonder we are such an addled nation that thinks everything that comes along is the biggest, newest, baddest or best thing ever. No wonder we are such an easily confused and jangled bunch.
NEWS
By BILL MANSON | 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.
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By Jonah Goldberg | July 14, 2014
All you need to do is look at the headlines out of Central America to see why tens of thousands of children are ending up at our border. "In Columbia (sic), Rising Violence Breeds New Doubts" (N.Y. Times); "Guatemala Seen Slipping Into a Haven For Drugs" (LA Times); "Democracy Jeopardized as New Wave of Violence Sweeps Guatemala" (AP); "The Volcano That is Guatemala" (St. Louis Post-Dispatch); "A New Dark Age for Latin America?" (Miami Herald); "Murder Soars in El Salvador" (Washington Post)
NEWS
July 13, 2014
President Barack Obama first gives the "come on" signal to these Central American countries. So they take him up on it and overwhelm our already overworked border patrol. Now Mr. Obama is asking for $3.7 billion to clean up "his" mess ( "America's refugee crisis," July 9). There is something wrong with this picture. When he says that these children and the rest of the illegal invaders will be sent back, he knows darn well that it will never happen - like "you can keep your doctor.
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