Try digitalPLUS for 10 days for only $0.99

Readers Respond

News Opinion Readers Respond

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

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

-
To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com. Please include your name and contact information.

Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun
Related Content
  • Ignorance on immigration

    Ignorance on immigration

    Republicans have written to your newspaper claiming that President Barack Obama, former Gov. Martin O'Malley and other Democratic elected officials are trying to "give voting rights to millions of undocumented immigrants who came here illegally and don't belong in this country in the first place"...

  • Immigration takes center stage

    Immigration takes center stage

    In calling for an immigration policy that includes a path to citizenship and expanded legal protections against deportation for millions of undocumented immigrants living in the U.S., Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Rodham Clinton has presented her potential Republican rivals in 2016 with...

  • No amnesty for undocumented immigrants

    No amnesty for undocumented immigrants

    President Obama wants to write his own laws on immigration and amnesty ("Immigrants, advocates must wait for deportation relief," Feb. 17).

  • Who do the Democrats think they're fooling?

    Who do the Democrats think they're fooling?

    I am disappointed but not surprised by the furor over whether to fully fund the Department of Homeland Security ("Congress OKs deal to avoid shutdown at Homeland Security," Feb. 27).

  • Executive orders are a bipartisan pastime

    Executive orders are a bipartisan pastime

    House Speaker John Boehner has made it clear that he intends to block the Obama administration's executive order shielding millions of undocumented immigrants from the threat of immediate deportation ("Congress scrambles to avoid Homeland Security shutdown," Feb. 26).

  • Democrats side with foreigners

    Democrats side with foreigners

    Democrats are telling Republicans to put the American people first and pass a clean Department of Homeland Security funding bill because Democratic senators will not accept anything other than a clean bill ("Congress OKs deal to avoid shutdown at Homeland Security," Feb. 27). Republicans say they...

  • Don't send $1B to Central America

    Don't send $1B to Central America

    The Obama administration has a plan to pour $1 billion of U.S. taxpayer money into Central America "to try to slow the flow of unaccompanied minors and other migrants without documentation" to the U.S. ("Democrats press Kerry on $1B Latin aid request," Feb. 25). Just wondering, wouldn't $1 billion...

  • GOP must stick to its guns on immigration, Homeland Security budget

    GOP must stick to its guns on immigration, Homeland Security budget

    Some thoughts on your editorial regarding the U.S. Department of Homeland Security budget while basking in climate cooling ("No time to make America less safe," Feb. 16). First, why is it OK for the Democrats to filibuster and not pay a price when the GOP would be blasted for the same technique?

Comments
Loading

68°