Despite objections from MayorStephanie Rawlings-Blake, U.S. immigration officials have begun checking the citizenship status of people arrested in Baltimore ("Immigration checks start," Feb. 22). The sheer audacity of this mayor to put politics in front of public safety is grounds for throwing her out of office.

She should be removed and charged with endangering Baltimore and all of its citizens. Advocates of illegal immigrants claim some of the arrested have committed only "minor" offenses. Let me see now, they committed a felony breaking into our country and now have committed a misdemeanor or two, but let's give them a break as they have spouses and children to consider.

That's pure garbage, Mayor Rawlings-Blake, and it represents one more of the very many reasons that the day the youngest of my three legally-adopted children graduate from high school, it's goodbye, Baltimore!

Richard Nason, Baltimore