Reader: Granting benefits to undocumented aliens is an insult to immigrants who waited their turn
Editor, The Guide:
Why penalize legal Maryland Taxpayers who honor the rule of law?
Your column about the Maryland Dream Act was written out of emotion and not fact. This law is not about race, religion or country of origin. This is simply a bad law! I am the son of two Latino parents who legally immigrated to the United States by waiting their turn.
As a family, we are opposed to this law solely base on the fact you should not be rewarding those who entered the country illegally.
There are some simple facts you failed to address in your column. First, even if you were to allow children of illegal immigrants to receive in-state tuition in Maryland once they graduate they would still not legally be allowed to work in the United States. They would still remain illegal.
Your column also did not address the ﬁnancial cost to the residents of the State of Maryland. Maryland taxpayers will be subsidizing the difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition rates. An example of the cost to Marylanders: The University of Maryland College Park tuition costs are $8,416 for in-state and $24,831 for out-of-state—that is a $16,415 difference that will be subsidized by Maryland taxpayer dollars.
I know many Marylanders who cannot afford to send their own children to college, and yet this bill uses their tax dollars to pay for illegal immigrants to go to college. We simply can not afford it.
As far as your argument that that the parents are paying state taxes, you also fail to address the fact that the parents are breaking another law by working illegally. Many who are working illegally do so by using fake social security numbers and if that is correct they are committing fraud when applying for employment (breaking yet another law).
I had a unexpected encounterwith the head of Casa Maryland several weeks ago and he admitted that he knew that the children after graduating would not be able to legally work in this country, then he said “A U.S.Degree is good anywhere in the world and they could go back to their home country with their degrees.” They would not be contributing to the economyof Maryland as many falselyclaimed when testifying in Annapolis.
Those who support in-state tuition along with Casa Maryland hope that this kind of effort will lead to some form of amnesty. When I confronted Casa Maryland about this he did not deny that this was a tool to force amnesty.
Plain and simple the Maryland Dream Act condones bad behavior, it teaches young people of illegal immigrants that they do not have to respect or obey the laws of this country.
Finally, I ask you what is the parent teaching their children by themselves breaking the law, and then reinforcing the breaking the law by rewarding the bad behavior with granting them in-state tuition or any other beneﬁts afforded to a legal citizen of the United States of America?
No matter how you try to frame your argument in favor of Maryland Dream Act, the child of an illegal immigrant who completes college would still not be allowed to legally work in the State of Maryland or the United States of America. The referendum does not keep the children of illegal immigrants from attending any schools of higher education; they just have to pay out-of-state tuition rates.
The legal residents of the State of Maryland should be deciding this issue, not politicians beholden to a special interest group. Not the governor, state representatives or city ofﬁcials. All who encourage the breaking of Federal law yet they are surprised that both legal and illegal residents do not obey or respect the laws of our city and state. These ofﬁcials should be held accountable, they took an oath to uphold the constitution of the State of Maryland.