Can the dream act

Written by on June 22, 2011 in Baltimore Voices - 2 Comments

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.

Victor Corbin
Fells Prospect

2 Comments on "Can the dream act"

  1. lenny July 6, 2011 at 6:36 pm · Reply

    Victor: Many of your statements are irrelevant to the tuition bill. Before delving into that, let’s analyze your family’s situation. I am happy that your family obtained citizenship legally according to your post. However, from what country and what date did they arrive in the USA. Were they part of a previous amnesty program? Asylum? None of this is revealed by you. Did they ever use a “fake” social security card or other documentation while in the USA. In what year did they gain their citizenship? How old are you and where were you born? Where have they been employed. Where did they go to school? Any advanced degrees? So, further scrutiny of your story may reveal things aren’t as you have described…or exactly as you described. However, if I am investigating your claim, I’d want documentation supporting your story. Your comments about the head of Casa de Maryland are fraught with problems. What is the name of the person you talked to? What event and what was the date and time generally of your unexpected encounter? You are attributing statements by this person to you without conveying a name. Now, about the bill. The issue at hand, as per how the bill is written and what it contains (fight the bill and get a referendum all you want), has not been addressed by you in your comments. Community college fees are based on the locality where you live. Ex: A student from Baltimore City is not entitled to the same tuition rate as a Baltimore County student if attending Essex Community College and vice versa for a county student enrolling in a city community college. The bill states the student must have resided in the locality for at least 3 years prior and have filed income taxes. Like any person filing taxes, once the return is filed, they may or may not have any federal and/or state income taxes. They are not entitled to EIC. In order to file a tax return, a social security or ITIN number is used. An illegal can file using an ITIN. Citizens of other countries are also legally allowed to be employed in the USA even if they are not US citizens. Some have no intention of wanting to become US citizens, while others do. The employer is responsible for using e-verify for example before hiring. As with some legal US citizens, some are employed under the table. Many are employed and receiving a paycheck that includes FICA and Medicare payments, not including any federal or state payroll taxes being withheld. Citizenship can also be obtained easier through “rich people” programs and advanced degrees and professional programs. Legal immigration can take 10 years or longer. A foreigner can invest $500,000 in the USA and gain legal citizenship ahead of someone who has been waiting longer. There are roughly 140,000 Visa programs available to certain groups. Look it up on the government sites. Go after the bill, but if addressing it the way it is written, then the individual only has to comply by the bill’s or not. Poor people living in countries looking for a better life, will do anything to better the lives of their kids. Your parents included…legally or not. Go after the main culprits, like the corporations and businesses hiring them, not separating the working parent(s) from children by locking them up. Elect a change of reps in Maryland, a heavily Democratic state for umpteen years. The votes of illegals are not needed to maintain control. If you want change, round up voters and representatives to defeat the incumbents. However, if debating the merits of the bill as written, refrain from what occurs after they graduate and never state they aren’t a taxpayer.

  2. A. J. Fox June 24, 2011 at 6:32 am · Reply

    Thank you, Victor, for the information from Casa de Maryland. We always knew this was working up to amnesty, but I never expected Casa to admit it.

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