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July 21, 2011

Kudos All Around

Patricia A. Kelly

A recent news article in The Frederick News-Post caught my attention. It reported the execution of a Mexican national by the State of Texas.


On July 8 the story reported that Humberto Leal, a citizen of Mexico, had been executed. He came to the United States as a toddler and remained until his execution at age 38. He was convicted of raping and bludgeoning a 16-year-old girl to death in 1994 when he was 21 years old. The 17-year-time span between the crime and his execution is not unusual in the American justice system. At the end, while receiving his lethal injection, he apologized for the harm he had caused, admitting his guilt. His last words were, “Viva Mexico!”


“Mexico, the Obama administration and others had asked the U.S. Supreme Court to delay Leal’s execution so Congress could consider a law that would require court reviews in cases where condemned foreign nationals did not receive help from their consulates.” Leal’s attorneys claimed the police never notified him that he could request such help. Texas courts and Gov. Rick Perry refused to change the sentence.


Here in Maryland, the O’Malley Administration is in league with the president, who is asking that violent, murderous illegal immigrant felons get a second chance to avoid the punishment decreed by U. S. courts. In Maryland, illegal immigrants would, if our state government had its way, get free tuition in community colleges, just as if they were citizens. Supposedly, their illegal immigrant parents have to provide evidence that they have been paying taxes. No one has explained how that is possible without filing a fraudulent tax return, or how a college education is going to create productive citizens out of illegal immigrants when the rest of the world has to win a lottery to get in.


Free tuition in Maryland, special court hearings to review criminal cases against non-citizens, American public school classes in languages other than English, social services assistance, no status questions asked, mandated translation, both written and spoken, etc. All of this comes at taxpayer expense; that is, at United States citizen taxpayer expense.


Wonder how many tax-paying U.S. citizens would agree to pay for these things, if anyone bothered to ask them. Wonder how many would think it a good idea, after 17 years of investigation and multiple court rulings, for a violent murderer who had lived falsely as a citizen here for 35 years to get an extra chance to avoid punishment because he was an illegal immigrant.


Worse yet, we’re now in a huge budget crunch and facing a decreased credit rating as a nation. We’re threatening decreased entitlements to the elderly, after years of their contributions in tax payments. We’re threatening income checks as a determinant of social security benefits, after money was withheld according to income.


We talk about how much it would cost to solve the illegal immigrant problem in the United States. If we had national, printed identification cards issued by the Motor Vehicle Administration for all legal residents, drivers and non-drivers, and no one could work, rent, purchase a home or car, or enroll his children in school without one, it would cost almost nothing. We could support an expatriate worker program, and foreign workers could leave their children to attend to private school at home. Good workers could get preference for immigration opportunities. That would cost almost nothing.


Perhaps we should start printing documents in one language, teaching in English in schools, deporting criminals when they’re not dangerously violent. Maybe we should look at the fact that the non-citizen mother-in-law of a practicing physician in Frederick can get expensive diagnostic tests free through social services, with nary a question about legal status or income.


Many of our leaders appear to think it is okay to squeeze the ordinary citizen for more and more money without clearly defined and publicized spending plans, or accountability. Ten percent of us are out of work, and corporate profits are very high. Those lucky enough to be employed report having to do more with less as staffing is so tight. Just explain that to hospital patients who haven’t been bathed for four days, or to people attempting to have a conversation with an American corporate representative who happens to be in Eastern Europe and has a strong accent.


Remember that, right now, illegal immigrants, if Governor O’Malley and President Barack Obama have their ways, could both have free community college tuition and an extra shot at a get-out-of-jail-free card.


A citizen living in Frederick City’s historic district in a moderately nice townhouse can easily pay $6,000 per year in property taxes, along with state and federal income taxes, and sales tax. City services have already been cut, and both county and city representatives are looking for more.


It is possible, though, to find representatives who actually concern themselves with the needs of the ordinary citizens.


Kudos to Texas Governor Perry and the Texas courts for standing up to the federal government in the case of Humberto Leal. Kudos to Sheriff Chuck Jenkins for participating in the ICE program.  Kudos to Kathy Afzali for her work to get citizen input regarding the Maryland state proposal to allow free tuition to illegal immigrants. Kudos to the Frederick Board of County Commissioners for actually listening to citizen input regarding privatization of local government services.


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