May 16, 2011
Dan Rodricks ' commentary "'Illegals' and the next economy" (May 15) is the epitome of hypocrisy. If his son or daughter, despite being stellar students, were rejected from college because of a lack of openings, as it happened to two of my friends' children, the tone of his commentary would have been different. If it touched Mr. Rodricks directly, he'd have a huge problem explaining his stand to his own children. What could be more biased than appealing to the touching drama of "Dr. Q" and what he has been able to do for himself?
July 8, 2012
Immigrant advocates are warning people who plan to apply for a work permit under a new federal immigration policy to beware of scammers and hold off on taking any formal action until more details emerge about how the program will work. The policy shift, which President Barack Obama announced June 15, will allow some immigrants who are illegally in the U.S. to apply for work papers. But advocates say the Department of Homeland Security faces difficult questions in implementing the plan and is still months away from doing so. The groups, including Casa de Maryland and the American Immigration Lawyers Association, are also reaching out to Hispanic neighborhoods to warn of con artists who pose as lawyers offering to help immigrants navigate regulations - for a fee. The problem has become pervasive in immigrant communities across the country.
May 9, 2013
Religious Right pundit Cal Thomas wants to limit the right to vote for the first 10 years of newly minted citizens ("Immigration deformed," May 4). This is his way of addressing the electoral imbalance created by the obvious reluctance of new Americans to vote for Mr. Thomas' political party, which is still asking immigrants to "self-deport. " What an appalling ignorance this shows of American history regarding the franchise. There were times past in which blacks, women and even Native Americans were denied the right to vote.
August 2, 2011
I don't believe The Baltimore Sun should print such prejudicial propaganda on the front page, above the fold, of your Sunday paper ("Maryland becomes a state divided," July 31). Gustavo Torres of Casa de Maryland is quoted as saying, "Now people are very anti- immigrant. " Actually, people are very anti-illegal immigrants, which is quite different. Of course, if Mr. Torres can't differentiate between legal and illegal, I don't why he expects anyone else to! Further, if the citizens of Montgomery want to subsides the education of foreign nations here illegally, they should contribute to a scholarship fund, but don't expect those of us who believe in the rule of law to contribute!
March 14, 2011
Bright and motivated college-bound immigrants will do Maryland proud ("A flawed compromise," March 8). These young people came here as children, are fully assimilated into American culture and want to be contributing members. We are lucky to have them working for our future. The Central Americans come from countries torn apart by wars paid for by the United States. Paltry aid for rebuilding is nothing in comparison to what we spent to damage Nicaragua, Honduras and Guatemala. These countries are still recovering from the murder and destruction we rained on them.
June 3, 2012
There are few issues as contentious in American society today, including here in Maryland, as immigration. While immigration is inherently an economic issue, a cultural issue and a political issue, at Baltimore-based World Relief we view the issue first and foremost from the perspective of our Christian faith. As an organization that empowers churches to serve vulnerable refugees, human-trafficking victims and other immigrants throughout the United States, we believe the Bible has a lot to say thatshould inform our thinking as we confront the challenges and opportunities of immigration.