CASA de Maryland held a rally at the Ordnance Road Correctional Center in Glen Burnie on June 22 to protest President Donald Trump’s “zero-tolerance” immigration policy and that Anne Arundel County houses detainees for ICE.
Jonah Goldberg's June 24 article "Reasonable politicians need to take immigration more seriously" does an excellent job raising important considerations in the immigration debate. However, I would also add that reasonable and honest politicians should study available data, in a non-partisan manner to assess the pros and cons of illegal immigration and provide the public with a non-political, unbiased assessment. We have a lot of political spin on immigration, but little in the way of rational, civil, honest discussion. The public has a right to know not only what are the social, cultural and economic benefits provided by many "illegal" immigrants, but, equally important, we need to know the negative consequences of the continued flow of illegal immigration resulting from sanctuary policies and the unwillingness of Democrats to try to stem the flow of illegal immigration through barriers, increased personnel and technology.
The public has a right to demand information on the costs of educational, welfare, health care, and justice system services to these immigrants and the negative impact of these costs on the services being provided to citizens. Also missing is information on how many citizens are denied employment by some greedy business owners who prefer hiring illegal immigrants who are willing to work for lower wages and no benefits. And, how much longer do immigrants who follow the legal immigration process need to wait to become citizens as a result of the governmental resources needed to process illegal immigrants. Finally, what is the increased tax burden that is or will be placed on citizens to support the services provided illegal immigrants?
Whether one supports sanctuary city, pro-illegal immigration policies or opposes these policies is not the primary issue. The critical question is what policy decisions should be made after politicians and citizens have a clear understanding of the pros and cons of illegal immigration.