It’s Not Called ILLEGAL Immigration Without Reason
Last I checked, all but one of the Queen Anne’s County Commissioners were Democrat. At least I hope that’s the case since I covered the election for WNAV (1430AM) in 2006. However, this Board of Commissioners made a stand to cut off vendors who hire people who are not in the country legally.
When I spoke with Commissioner Gene Ransom (D-Dist. 3), sponsor of the resolution which passed unanimously, he said that it was a legal issue more than anything. He said the commissioners wanted to make a stand and send a message to businesses that they would not tolerate those who cheat, by hiring illegal immigrant workers. This is a deep contrast to what is going on in Annapolis.
Here is why a lot of people, me included, are not happy with illegal immigration. For one thing, Ransom has a point in stating that when a company hires someone not in the United States legally, not only is a law being broken but that company is not playing fair. A lot of companies are struggling AND playing by the rules, yet they are facing competition that breaks the rules to get a leg up, which is not fair at all.
On top of that, I have a problem with what I have been observing as far as many immigrants who are not trying to be American. I was driving through Langley Park one day last year and I saw more business signs in Spanish, rather than English. Last I checked, this is America and the majority of Americans speak English.
Let me be the first person to say that Governor Robert Ehrlich’s observation that Multiculturalism is crap. We are Black, White, Jewish, Spanish, Asian, etc. We have our own unique cultures that when we look at them, we think it’s really cool. The uniting factor that we have is that we are American, but many illegal immigrants do not want to become American.
Say what you will about William Donald Schaefer, but he was correct in criticizing a McDonald’s for putting someone on the register who did not speak English. I know I would be upset if I was trying to get something to eat and that person had no clue what I was saying.
The federal government definitely needs to address enforcing the current laws on the books. Building a fence along any border is a waste of money and resources. It is also unrealistic to instantly deport every illegal immigrant in the country. More resources needs to be poured into enforcement instead of “fixing the problem.”
The state government needs to discourage the encouragement of illegal immigration by jurisdictions in the state. For a local government or municipal government to encourage illegal immigration, it is like the government to encourage robbery, vandalism and assault. Before my words get twisted allow me to say it in a simpler way, it is an encouragement for laws to be broken. I am not calling illegal immigrants criminals or felons by any means. They are lawbreakers in coming here illegally however.
Immigrants have been proven as hard working people who follow the rules while trying to support their families. A majority of them came to the United States in the right way, by following the procedures to move to this country. The argument is against the few who choose not to follow those rules.
If they want to come to America, they should do it the right way and without the encouragement of Annapolis to do it any other way.
P. Kenneth Burns is the editor/writer of Maryland Politics Today and is a contributor to Red Maryland and Salisbury News. He lives in Laurel, Prince George’s County. His email is firstname.lastname@example.org.