The Baltimore Sun

Glad ICE targets illegal immigrants

The Baltimore Sun's editorial "The 'usual suspects'" (Feb. 24) could not be further off the mark.

Illegal immigration has been out of control for years. Billions of dollars of taxpayer money are spent every year for education, health care, law enforcement and corrections costs related to illegal immigrants. At the same time, those illegal immigrants are, for the most part, not paying any income taxes.

In the current economic downturn, millions of legal Americans are out of work. A major portion of the job losses have been in construction and related sectors of the economy, which have long seen legal Americans forced out of employment by illegals who work for lower wages, often without benefits and without paying taxes.

All governments, from the federal to the local level, should be making every effort to stop illegal immigration and to eject illegal immigrants from this nation.

To cry about racial profiling is ludicrous.

Everyone knows the vast majority of illegal immigrants in this country are Hispanics. If ICE is not focusing on Hispanic illegal immigrants, it's not doing its job.

Larry Schweinsburg, Crofton

Who cares if arrests caused by quotas?

I am disgusted by the outrage over the arrest of Latino immigrants by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents ("The 'usual suspects,'" editorial, Feb. 24). What does it matter that immigration officers were told that they needed to make more arrests or fill a quota of sorts? Most of the people they arrested were here illegally.

They are not immigrants. They are illegals here in violation of U.S. customs laws.

If the Latino community feels outrage over this action, that's too bad. It should focus on aiding those Latino citizens who followed the immigration laws and came here legally and help them integrate better into our society.

The deplorable financial state of California is a good example of the burden that the illegals put on a society. I don't want to see that happen in Maryland, and I applaud ICE for doing its job.

Michael Brown, Owings Mills

Life without parole allows redemption

The possible death of just one innocent person is reason enough to end the death penalty in Maryland ("Vote urged on death penalty," Feb. 19).

A sentence of life without parole leaves open the possibility of freeing an innocent person while keeping the guilty off the streets.

It also allows the guilty the opportunity to rehabilitate themselves. And who among us does not need such an opportunity at some time?

Mary E. Ford, Ocean Pines

Limiting gun rights protects household

The letter from the gun lobbyist that spoke of the "rare cases" in which firearms are present in domestic violence, shines a frightening light on the values of those who put a batterer's right to hold onto his gun over the right of his partner to keep breathing ("Gun bills threaten rights of the accused," Feb. 16).

But domestic abuse cases involving guns are not "rare" cases. Consistently over the last decade, more than half of the domestic violence deaths in the state were inflicted with guns; in 2008, the total was 42 people killed.

If the letter writer has been fortunate enough never to have had a sister or mother or child gunned down, and only really cares about those who own guns, perhaps she could consider this: In many cases, the abuser ultimately turns the gun on himself.

Laws that restrict the gun rights of alleged abusers protect everyone in a house where domestic violence is present.

Louise Machen, Ruxton

The writer is a group facilitator for House of Ruth Maryland Inc.

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