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Immigrants and the blame game [Letter]

Some of your letter writers, such as the one busting on liberals for opposing the outsourcing of jobs while welcoming immigrant laborers, must have just woken up from a 20-year snooze like Rip Wan Winkle's ("Illegal immigrants steal American jobs," Jan. 3).

Employers want their employees as cheap and as docile as possible, whether it is in Baltimore's Lower Park Heights or Bhopal, India. To try to stop this is an ineffectual as King Canute trying to stop the sea. If being a liberal means thinking of the welfare of the exploited, I'll be glad to wear that sobriquet.

As for the standard rants about in-state tuition, driver's licenses and "inferred amnesty," this supports my suspicion of a protracted period of somnolence. We recently had an election about in-state tuition for the children of New Marylanders, and they won fair and square in a statewide referendum.

I figured some immigrant-bashers would get their noses out of joint at the legislature allowing undocumented immigrants to obtain driver's licenses and registrations. But there is no way anyone can register a car without auto insurance, and I can guarantee you anyone in a wreck with people who don't speak or look like them will be glad those "foreigners" bought coverage.

Your letter writer may have woke up briefly to hear the word" "amnesty" on Fox News. Maryland is not in any position to grant anyone citizenship or amnesty, since immigration status is determined by federal law.

Congress seems increasingly prone to avoid the issue. Waking them up would seem to be more of a priority at the moment than preventing hard-working immigrants from getting drivers licenses and insurance.

Paul R. Schlitz Jr., Baltimore

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