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Broken immigration system is no excuse to ignore the law [Letter]

Illegal ImmigrantsImmigrationNational SecurityU.S. Department of Homeland Security

Regarding the Sunpaper article "O'Malley seeks answers from DHS on immigration program," (Feb. 12), I understand prioritization and focusing on the "big fish." But once an immigrant has been detained, should the Department of Homeland Security have the latitude to say, you are here illegally but you are otherwise law abiding so we will let you go.?

That discretion puts us on a slippery slope. What other laws should we be allowed to ignore because we disagree with them? Maybe the higher deportation rate of the non-violent illegal immigrants in Maryland is due to the fact that Maryland issues drivers licenses to immigrants that are here illegally and therefore has unwittingly enabled DHS to more easily identify, find, and deport the "little fish."

The non law abiding immigrants don't bother to get licenses and are harder to find, so they don't get caught as readily.

Is DHS just supposed to throw the "little fish" back?

Immigration reform may be needed, but we can't trash our legal system to achieve it.

Scott Richardson, Westminster

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