January 9, 2014
The Sun's recent editorial states that giving drivers licenses to persons in our country illegally will "help ensure that people who want to drive on the state's roads meet minimum safety standards and that their vehicles are registered and insured" ("Licensed to drive," Jan. 6). Exactly how will this happen? Whether a person has a license or not has no bearing at all on the registration of a vehicle, nor on whether the vehicle is insured. Additionally, the drivers license test administered to a non-English speaking individual is done with an interpreter.
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?
October 29, 2013
Grocery prices may be rising - 1.5 to 2.5 percent next year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture - but the ability of poor people to buy them is about to shrink. On Friday, benefits for 47.6 million Americans participating in the Supplement Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), more commonly referred to as food stamps, will be reduced. The size of that reduction is substantial - about $5 billion per year nationwide - and it amounts to about $36 less for a low-income family of four or $11 for an individual.
August 13, 2013
The Sun is critical of Frederick County's enforcement of immigration laws ( "Frederick's mistaken obsession with immigration enforcement," Aug. 9), but where is the criticism of our elected officials for the non-enforcement of our laws, including immigration? It seems that from the president on down, our officials only enforce the laws they agree with and not the ones with which they disagree. Or the ones that get in the way of their politics. President Barack Obama should not be allowed to exempt businesses from part of ObamaCare while putting the rest of us under its control, nor should cities and counties in Maryland have the authority to ignore immigration law and become sanctuary cities/counties for illegal immigrants.
August 12, 2013
Frederick County still has an ample amount of farmland and thus attracts more than its share of illegal immigrants. This is good for farmers but it also has created substantial additional crime the area could well do without ( "Frederick County officials still see role in enforcing immigration laws," Aug. 8). Most of the deportations from Frederick are a direct result of nabbing criminals who happen to be in the country illegally. Maybe the woman eating her sandwich just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, or maybe the police were investigating a crime in the area and she was only being questioned when it was discovered she was illegally here.
August 7, 2013
A federal appeals court ruled Wednesday in a case involving a Salvadoran woman arrested in Frederick that state and local authorities cannot arrest or detain someone on the suspicion that they are in the country illegally. The case involves the 2008 arrest of Roxana Orellana Santos, who was sitting outside her workplace in Frederick eating a sandwich when two deputies approached and began questioning her. After checking her identification and consulting with dispatchers, the deputies determined that Santos had a civil immigration warrant requiring her immediate deportation, according to court records.