On Sunday The Sun carried a rather extensive article concerning illegal immigration ("Immigrants, city fear divide over status checks," Feb. 25). Throughout the article you actually quoted several illegal immigrants as they commented on their plight.
Interestingly enough the writers talked about the crime being a minor one, and some of the people they interviewed didn't even consider what they did was a crime. However in all the cases the words used by the illegals were, "afraid of being caught." They were worried about being stopped and not being able to produce proper documentation because they were here illegally. They know that they are breaking the law but feel like it is not for them to follow this law. How convenient for them, maybe all of us should do the same. If we feel like the law is more of a nuisance then just ignore it. And if our legislators also believe this way, then why even enact these laws? Take them off the books.
One person, a grandfather who had numerous grandchildren, was stopped for a driving infraction and could not produce a driver's license or proof of insurance. Now he was concerned about being deported and then not seeing his grandchildren who were citizens by virtue of their being born here but to illegal parents.
This person then uses the justification that he had never been in trouble before. But he broke, federal law by coming into this country illegally, and he broke Maryland by driving without a valid license and also not having any insurance. A citizen found to have broken the same state laws is in for a world of grief. Others are obeying the state laws and paying for their licenses and for insurance, plus more to cover uninsured drivers, like this illegal.
The taxes we pay are not enough. Now we are being told that we should also want to be paying for people in this country illegally because they have been here for years with no problems recorded, and driving with no insurance. I guess the police should not bother arresting a felon who after breaking out of prison has not been caught committing another crime, so he should not be prosecuted.
This is not ethical government.
August J. Nicastro, Forest HillCopyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun