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The costs of being a 'sanctuary' state

CBS Miami’s Vanessa Borge reports.

The Sun's liberal editors still have not grasped or cared to understand the difference between legal immigrants versus those who are in the country unlawfully. Regardless of their views on legal immigration, they should come to terms with the fact that people who sneak across our borders have violated U.S. immigration laws that were duly passed by Congress more than two decades ago and signed into law by former president Bill Clinton.

Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, in his defense of Obamacare, noted that Congress did not make laws to fail. If that applies to one law, it should apply to them all.

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The Sun's editors conveniently omit any discussion of the costs to taxpayers and public safety of jurisdictions such as Baltimore City and Montgomery and Prince George counties. Sanctuary cities and counties are a magnet for undocumented immigrants and their criminal element.

While those who live and work unlawfully in the country may pay some federal taxes, the overwhelming burden is on taxpayers, who must pay the costs of schools and other public services for the undocumented. In 2013, such costs were about $1,700 per Maryland household.

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Maryland, which always seems to have education funding issues, is obviously economically harmed by people who are here unlawfully and whom we are forced to educate. Promoting the expansion of sanctuary policies will only exacerbate the burden on taxpayers and on public safety.

As a registered Democrat, I applaud President Donald Trump for addressing the problems caused by lax enforcement of existing immigration laws, including the Secure Fence Act, which was passed by Congress with bipartisan support nearly a decade ago but whose work was left unfinished due to Obama administration inaction.

Michael V. Ernest, Catonsville

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