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Immigration Issues Are Out Of Control

Senator Bryan Simonaire
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February 22, 2017

While I certainly do not condone the breaking of laws to enter our country, I can understand why many would choose that risk to improve their lives. That being said, we should not give citizenship benefits to illegal immigrants. The federal government has categorically dropped the ball on this issue, and states are scrambling to deal with the failed policy.

$50,000 Taxpayer Discounts

Over the last several years in the Maryland Senate, I have seen issue after issue related to the failed immigration policy. For example, the Dream Act provides up to $50,000 in taxpayer discounts for higher education to families that have entered our country illegally. This is done while another person from the same foreign country, who arrives through the proper legal paths, is required to pay the full tuition amount. The politicians incentivize people to break our immigration laws and penalize those who obey it. Where is the sense in that approach?

For some, compassion clouds their judgment. I am all for compassion, but we cannot build policies on compassion when they mock our laws, benefit lawbreakers and penalize those who obey. Do not even get me going about how government is funding their “compassion” on the backs of hardworking citizens who are struggling to send their own children to college and cannot afford it.

There is an old saying that liberals are generous until they run out of other people’s money. Well, I think we are getting to the point where people are tired of their money being drained out of their pockets.

Political Correctness

As I have engaged in this debate, I have seen how the liberal media wants me to be politically correct by saying “undocumented immigrants” instead of “illegal immigrants.” In a recent interview, a news agency purposely struck my quote and replaced it with “undocumented immigrants.”

The term “illegal immigrants” simply and clearly means those immigrants who have come into our country illegally.

Wikipedia defines illegal immigration as a “migration of people across national borders in a way that violates the immigration laws of the destination country.” The site goes on to say, “There have been campaigns to discourage the use of the term ‘illegal immigrant’ in many countries since 2007, generally based on the argument that the act of immigration may be illegal in some cases, but the people themselves are not illegal.”

Therefore, with that logic, we will soon have no more criminals in society. They will be referred to as “misguided individuals.”

Voting Rights

With every passing day, we see more and more attempts to have a country and state without borders. Just recently, I found out conclusively that numerous Maryland municipalities have passed local ordinances that allow illegal immigrants the right to vote in their elections. We know it won’t be long before these type of laws trickle up to the state level. With many local elections decided by 100 or fewer votes, they are basically allowing individuals who are illegally in our county to determine who serves in our government. I found that unbelievable.

Therefore, I put in Senate Bill 883, which prohibits any municipality from allowing illegal immigrants the right to vote in our elections. I imagine I will get a lot of pushback from the far-left liberals and I can handle it, but where does it end? Not only have they broken our laws to come into our country, now they are going to control who governs our land.

Enough is enough. Someone has to make a stand for law and order, and bring some sanity back into politics. I am glad to lead the charge.

If you are interested in helping or providing a letter of support, call my staff at 410-841-3658 or email me at


Posted 12/31/1969 07:00 PM

I don't understand the need since the Constitution specifically states the word citizen. The US Constitution stated in Amendment XV, which was ratified by the states in 1870: "Section 1. The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude." But describing an immigrant as illegal is legally inaccurate. Being in the U.S. without proper documents is a civil offense, not a criminal one. Do people even know that? Your logic is ridiculous, since our laws are about due process, calling an immigrant illegal is akin to calling a defendant awaiting trial a criminal.

Posted 12/31/1969 07:00 PM

"Simonaire’s opinion piece seems clearly designed to create jealousy and rage within his constituency simply to garner votes. According to University of Maryland President Wallace D. Loh, "the number of undocumented students who would qualify for the benefit at College Park would be minimal, perhaps 20 a year.” Twenty students that have lived here most of their lives and who must complete two years of community college to qualify. “Yes, they are undocumented,” Loh said. “But we’re talking about people who came here as children.” He called the issue a matter of “fairness and justice, Maryland has a vested interest in providing higher education access, at a low price, to all its high school graduates.” Simmonaire makes a big deal over being blasted for his “political incorrectness” I’d accuse him of more than a failure of “political correctness”. Undocumented workers didn’t come here in a vacuum, businesses were happy to have cheap undocumented labor fill a void without fear of fine or punishment. Now that it’s politically expedient, Simmonaire has the gall to complain about a potential 20 undocumented students at University of Maryland. Peter Cane Annapolis.

Posted 12/31/1969 07:00 PM

As Senator Simonaire suggests above and as we have seen in our new presidential administration, words matter. Using "illegal" to describe our otherwise law-abiding immigrant neighbors, colleagues and friends is not what our nation or our democracy is about. Indeed, many immigrants have entered our country unlawfully, or have entered legally and overstayed their visas. But to use the adjective "illegal" to describe immigrants without documentation labels these individuals merely as criminals, as illegal beings. These immigrants have committed a violation, not broken a law. "Illegal" inappropriately confers something much more pernicious than the mere lack of documentation onto a human being. As we engage in dialogue about important and complex matters that affect the lives of our families and neighbors, it might be better to discontinue using such erroneous phrases. (I would also include the tired terms "political correctness" and "liberal media" in that category; they are hardly helpful. Indeed, they have become trite and uninspired.) And compassion really should know no bounds. I am having a difficult time understanding anyone who writes, "I am all for compassion, but..." I'm relatively certain that such phrasing is not an effective way to persuade constituents of your concern for immigrants, for children, who have fled murderous, corrupt and repressive regimes.

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