Immigration advocates and politicians say immigrants reporting for routine check-ins at ICE facility in Miramar are subjected to 'inhumane' conditions and long lines.

Your editorial, “Why Maryland needs to invest in childcare” (Aug. 7), addresses Gov. Larry Hogan's efforts to expand Maryland’s child care subsidies and discusses potential detriments of unreliable childcare. While seemingly thoughtful, if Governor Hogan really cared about reliable and affordable child care, he would take a harder stance on immigration and support Maryland’s immigrant population. Over the past year , President Donald Trump has spent most of his presidency dismantling the immigration system, as seen with his emphasis on securing the border, attacking “chain” migration, and most recently, even going after stripping naturalized citizens of their citizenship.

Except for Mr. Trump’s recent attempt at separating children at the border, Governor Hogan has remained relatively silent on matters related to immigration throughout all of this, and this could prove counter to his stance on reliable and affordable child care in the state. Currently, there are 874,691 immigrants living in Maryland, making up approximately 15 percent of the total population. Foreign-born in Maryland contribute in many ways, one of which includes child care. In fact, nearly one in three childcare workers in Maryland is foreign-born. Additionally, 33 percent of immigrants in Maryland are 50 years or older. If we are talking reliable child care, then these older immigrants are invaluable. Older parents serve as valuable resources, often helping with many items including — you guessed it — child care. Their assistance is reliable and best of all, costs the taxpayer nothing.

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Immigrants are an integral piece of child care in Maryland, but Governor Hogan’s ambiguous stance on immigration eschews the existing labor and instead offers an expensive alternative — one that may cost the taxpayer a pretty penny.

Ismail Nooraddini, Gaithersburg

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