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August 23, 2010
I find Ron Wirsing's comments ("Repeal 14th Amendment," Readers Respond, Aug. 18) disturbing, and indicative of an appalling ignorance of basic US history. The history of our nation's legislation on immigration illustrates repeated attempts to prohibit the entry of people considered "undesirable. " That list of "undesirables" once included people from Southern and Eastern Europe (Greeks, Italians, Russians, Jews), as well as Chinese and Japanese. That legislation was designed to favor immigrants from Northern Europe, by using quotas.
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Robert B. Reich | July 16, 2014
Dozens of big U.S. corporations are considering leaving the United States in order to reduce their tax bills. But they'll be leaving the country only on paper. They'll still do as much business in the U.S. as they were doing before. The only difference is they'll no longer be "American" and won't have to pay nearly as much in taxes to the U.S. government. OK. But if they're no longer American citizens, they should no longer be able to spend a penny influencing American politics.
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NEWS
March 11, 2011
As we continue another year of debate over in-state tuition for undocumented immigrants, complete with the legal and moral issues, I wish to suggest to our representatives in the state legislature a different approach. Why not propose a bill creating a partnership between Maryland and the federal government that would mandate that each non-resident student complete, as part of his or her college or technical school admission, the requirements for U.S. citizenship? Trained naturalization instructors certified by the United States government would educate students in the requirements of gaining citizenship.
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November 20, 2013
Regarding reader Naira Soghbatyan's recent letter to the editor on immigration, it's my opinion that all illegal immigrants should be immediately deported back to where they came from ( "U.S. blocks paths to legal immigration," Nov. 13). These individuals are certainly not needed for the menial jobs such as "cleaning our toilets and doing the dirty jobs Americans won't ever do. " Why aren't such jobs assigned to some of the 47 million hungry U.S. citizens who are in our bread lines?
NEWS
September 24, 2012
I think we need to require that all children of illegal immigrants take classes in school that will lead them to becoming citizens of the U.S. The Supreme Court requires all states to allow illegal immigrant children to attend public schools. So, why not require them take the classes needed to become citizens of the U.S. as an added certificate to their high school diploma? Then they would be citizens to attend colleges as any other U.S. citizen student. Any student who does not take these classes and not graduate high school would be deported to their home country.
NEWS
May 5, 2013
There are millions of immigrants in our country who aspire to become citizens, but under our broken immigration laws, they have no way to earn citizenship. I personally know some of these hard-working immigrants, and I think it's hurting our country to keep them living in the shadows. That's why I'm calling on Congress to protect the path to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants currently living in the United States and vote in favor of reform this year. We need real solutions, and rounding up 11 million people or asking them to self-deport is not only inhumane but completely unrealistic.
NEWS
July 26, 1991
Should learning and practicing citizenship skills be part of requirements for each graduating high-school student? This is an issue the state Board of Education is trying to decide as it works to overhaul high-school graduation requirements.Maryland has long recognized that student altruism must be encouraged. In 1985 it became the first state to require schools ++ to offer elective credit for community service. The proposal under consideration would go further. In another first in the nation, it would require all graduating Maryland students to perform citizenship service in school or out of school.
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By Steve Kilar, The Baltimore Sun | November 1, 2011
Casa de Maryland launched a program Tuesday to offer small loans to legal permanent residents who would like to apply for U.S. citizenship, the nonprofit said. The pilot program will loan 125 individuals each $680, the fee charged for naturalization, the immigrant advocacy group said in a statement. Borrowers will be required to repay the loan over a six-month period at an interest rate of 8.5 percent to 9 percent, according to the statement. Applicants will pay a $25 application fee that will be returned upon full repayment of the loan, Casa said.
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By Dan Rodricks, The Baltimore Sun | July 4, 2010
There was a time in his life — it turns out, most of his life — when Marco Alva felt like a man without a country. He had become separated by time and distance from Mexico and the culture of his native country, and, while he had married an American and started a family here, he was not yet a citizen of the United States. Sunday morning in Annapolis, the feeling of being adrift went away. On the Fourth of July, Marco Alva became an American. He and 36 other men and women took the oath of citizenship at the annual naturalization ceremony at the William Paca House, home of one of Maryland's signers of the Declaration of Independence.
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By Lan Nguyen and Lan Nguyen,Evening Sun Staff | September 6, 1991
JAMAICA-BORN grandmother Dorothy Elliott turns in her green card for the red, white and blue Sunday when she'll be sworn in as an American citizen.At age 68, after 24 years of carrying an alien registration receipt card as proof that she was staying here as a permanent resident, Elliott sighs and says it's about time she took up American citizenship."
NEWS
October 26, 2013
I am writing in response to Susan Reimer 's column, "Adrian Peterson's version of 'Parenthood'" (Oct. 16), which borders on the reprehensible and intentionally plays on some of the Baltimore public's worst fears. First, Ms. Reimer's subtle implication that Adrian Peterson is somehow at fault for the beating death of his infant child because he was absent from the toddler's life is both illogical and offensive. Second, and more important, her use of racially-coded language, which compares athletes like Mr. Peterson to children and overly-sexed animals, relies on the kind of sophist cant that actually serves to maintain sexism and violence against children in the name of citizenship.
NEWS
July 2, 2013
As heartening as it was to read about the Senate's approval of the immigration bill, it was equally disheartening to read that it doesn't have a chance of a similar passage in the House ("Senate approves landmark immigration bill," June 27)! The most fundamental problem at the moment is that there are over 11 million illegal immigrants in the country. We don't have the capability to incarcerate or deport these people. It seems the House Republicans are concerned with the main component of this piece of legislation that grants provisional legal status and ultimately citizenship to these 11 million.
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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | June 27, 2013
The Senate approved a sweeping overhaul of the nation's immigration laws on Thursday that would spend billions more on border security while granting millions of undocumented immigrants a shot at U.S. citizenship. But as supporters celebrated the rare bipartisan vote on what would be the first major revamping of immigration policy in a generation, many acknowledged that the proposal faces a difficult path in the House of Representatives, where some conservatives predict that the bill has a slim chance at final passage.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | June 26, 2013
Outside the Supreme Court on Wednesday, Joseph O'Farrell searched the crowd of cheering same-sex marriage proponents for his husband. Before the couple connected, O'Farrell sent Rafael Ramirez a quick text message: "Yay!" For the Laurel couple, the high court decision to strike down the law that barred federal recognition of same-sex marriage means that O'Farrell will finally be able to sponsor his Mexican spouse in his efforts to become a U.S. citizen. "It really is a weight lifted off our shoulders," O'Farrell, 28, said Wednesday evening.
NEWS
May 22, 2013
Just when Washington looked like it was completely preoccupied with the scandals, real and imaginary, swirling around the White House, a group of Democrats and Republicans in the Senate managed the unexpected (and, these days, extraordinary): They agreed on something. The vote Tuesday night in the Senate Judiciary Committee to forward to the floor a massive overhaul of the nation's immigration system was, to be sure, a small step and doesn't guarantee success in the full Senate, much less the House of Representatives.
NEWS
May 6, 2013
I support a pathway to citizenship for the 11 million because it's the right thing to do. Our immigration laws are broken, and 11 million Americans need our help to find a solution. I personally know some of these hard-working immigrants, and I think it's hurting our country to keep them living in the shadows. I am a first-generation American myself, and I remember the struggles of my parents. We need Congress to protect the path to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants currently living in the United States and to vote in favor of reform this year.
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May 6, 2013
I support a pathway to citizenship for the 11 million because it's the right thing to do. Our immigration laws are broken, and 11 million Americans need our help to find a solution. I personally know some of these hard-working immigrants, and I think it's hurting our country to keep them living in the shadows. I am a first-generation American myself, and I remember the struggles of my parents. We need Congress to protect the path to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants currently living in the United States and to vote in favor of reform this year.
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By Georgie Anne Geyer | November 12, 1991
Washington -- THE INEVITABLE has happened -- an American city has voted for the idea that American citizenship is worthless. The city is nearby, middle-class Takoma Park, Md., but its name might as well be changed to "Masochismville, U.S.A."We have seen this coming for some time, as privilege after privilege of what used to be the precious covenant of citizenship has been watered down to absurdity and granted to anyone who strolled in. Indeed, just a year ago, I wrote about Question No. 86 of the U.S. government's new "citizenship" test for immigrants, which reads, with hints of grand and inspiring answers to come, "Name one benefit of being a citizen of the United States."
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May 5, 2013
There are millions of immigrants in our country who aspire to become citizens, but under our broken immigration laws, they have no way to earn citizenship. I personally know some of these hard-working immigrants, and I think it's hurting our country to keep them living in the shadows. That's why I'm calling on Congress to protect the path to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants currently living in the United States and vote in favor of reform this year. We need real solutions, and rounding up 11 million people or asking them to self-deport is not only inhumane but completely unrealistic.
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By Paul Greenberg | April 29, 2013
Dear Scholar, It was wholly a pleasure to get your thoughts about the current debate over illegal immigrants and how to approach the nettlesome challenge they represent to us -- and we to them. It was good of you to rehearse some classical history for me, explaining how other societies, our forerunners as democracies (Athens) and republics that acquired an empire (Rome), dealt with their immigrants. All in the course of challenging my view that some way to citizenship should be left open for our millions of illegal immigrants.
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