BALTIMORE MAYOR STEPHANIE RAWLINGS-BLAKE – “BLACK CONSTITUENTS, WHAT BLACK CONSTITUENTS? I HAVE HISPANIC ILLEGAL ALIENS TO TAKE CARE OF!”
OK WELL MAYBE ITS NOT A DIRECT QUOTE, BUT BALTIMORE’S RADICAL MAYOR SURE ACTS THIS WAY.
BALTIMORE CITY, WHICH LEADS THE NATION WITH SOME OF THE HIGHEST CRIME AND MURDER RATES, HIGH SCHOOL DROPOUT LEVELS, UNEMPLOYMENT AND WORST RATED SCHOOLS IN THE STATE, IS ABOUT TO RECEIVE ANOTHER KICK IN THE TEETH FROM THEIR RADICAL BLACK MAYOR.
THE MAYOR’S TASK FORCE ON “NEW AMERICANS” JUST RELEASED A REPORT WHICH RECOMMENDS A WHOLE HOST OF ACTIONS WHICH WILL MAKE IT EASIER FOR ILLEGAL ALIENS TO FUNCTION AND THRIVE AT TAXPAYER EXPENSE IN BALTIMORE. AND EVERY MARYLANDER WILL BE PICKING UP THE TAB FOR THESE BORDER JUMPERS WHO WERE INVITED TO BALTIMORE BY THE MAYOR TO PROP UP THE POPULATION NUMBERS AS CITIZENS MOVED OUT TO ESCAPE THE CRIME, JOBLESSNESS AND HOPELESSNESS.
BUT THERE IS HOPE NOW FOR THE THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF ILLEGAL ALIENS AND THEIR FAMILIES POURING INTO THE CITY.
“City to weigh immigrant-friendly policies
Recommendations part of mayor’s pledge to expand population”
By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun
September 17, 2014
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake plans to unveil dozens of recommendations Wednesday intended to lure immigrant families to Baltimore and retain them.
The proposals, from increasing the availability of translators at city agencies to making it easier for the undocumented to buy homes, offer insight into the mayor’s pledge to attract 10,000 new families over the next decade — an effort that is focused in part on the city’s burgeoning immigrant neighborhoods.
“I want to make sure that Baltimore isn’t behind the curve on this trend,” said Rawlings-Blake, who will formally announce the recommendations today. “This is about taking advantage of the growth that we’ve already seen.”
The proposals are part of a new report crafted by a city task force and the Abell Foundation.
Census data show that 46,000 people in Baltimore were born in another country, and 40 percent of them are naturalized citizens.
That represents a 55 percent increase in the number of people who identified themselves as immigrants in 2000. Most analysts believe those numbers significantly underrepresent the number of immigrants who entered the country illegally.
The task force suggests the city should approve an ordinance requiring agencies to develop policies that comply with federal regulations on “language access” to ensure that those who don’t speak English can take advantage of city programs.And noting that potential homebuyers who don’t have Social Security numbers often struggle to obtain mortgages, the panel also recommends creating a committee to study programs that allow immigrants to borrow instead with a Tax ID Number issued by the Internal Revenue Service.
The task force provides few details about how some of the ideas would be implemented — or funded.
The panel, which describes the immigrants as “new Americans,” does not draw a distinction between legal residents and those without documentation, though at least some of the recommendations would likely benefit both.
Brad Botwin, a Rockville resident who leads an advocacy group called Help Save Maryland, said that policy changes already underway in Baltimore catered to immigrants have robbed resources from current city residents.
“This is all targeted at people who have no moral or legal right to be here,” Botwin said. “You’re aiding and abetting people who shouldn’t be here.”
Congress has failed to address an immigration system that advocates and critics alike have described as broken.
In the absence of action, voters in Maryland backed a law in 2012 that grants in-state tuition to undocumented college students, and Gov. Martin O’Malley’s administration has recently challenged some federal immigrant enforcement efforts.
MORE GOOD NEWS FOR MARYLAND TAXPAYERS! AND WE THE PEOPLE HAD ZERO SAY IN THE PROCESS THANKS TO THE O’MALLEY/BROWN (D) TEAM
“State says young immigrants have been placed with families
Total from Central America resettled in Maryland put at 2,800″
By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun
8:10 a.m. EDT, September 18, 2014
Maryland officials said Wednesday that most of the more than 2,800 immigrant children who have come to the state from Central America this year have been resettled with family members.
Fewer than 50 are housed in a group setting at any one time, said Human Resources Secretary Ted Dallas, and only for less than a month while awaiting placement in a private home. He said the facility is in Baltimore County but declined to say where.
Dallas said the children have shown themselves to be resilient in the face of the problems of their homelands and the arduous journeys that brought them to the nation’s southern border. Many were fleeing gang violence and drug activity in El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala, officials have said, while others were trying to escape poverty. In some cases, they were following other family members who arrived in the United States — some legally, others not — years before.
“They have suffered some trauma and they need some help, but they do have smiles on their faces,” Dallas said.
The positive assessment came as state officials and leaders of private groups gave a news briefing to report on recent developments on Gov. Martin O’Malley’s effort to provide a welcome to the unaccompanied minors, most of whom arrived in the United States without permission.
Critics of the governor’s policy, including Republican gubernatorial candidate Larry Hogan, have argued the state should not be supporting illegal immigration and the children should be sent back to their families in their home countries as quickly as possible.
The figure of 2,800 is a revision of a previous estimate of 2,200. Dallas said Maryland still leads the nation on a per-capita basis in the number of immigrant children its has taken in during the current wave. That is because Maryland has the nation’s largest concentration of Central American immigrants, he said.
Dallas spoke at a news conference in the Prince George’s County town of Hyattsville, which he said is the site of the largest number of child placements in the state. Rounding out the top five are Silver Spring, Gaithersburg, Baltimore and Frederick, he said. Those five places have accounted for 58 percent of the placements, he said.
An appeal in July by the O’Malley administration and religious leaders to provide services to help the immigrant children has drawn a supportive response from both individuals and groups, Dallas said. “By far, it’s been folks saying ‘How can I help?’ ” he said.
Dallas said the administration and nonprofit groups have formed a public-private partnership to launch a website called buscandomaryland.com — derived from the Spanish word for “to look for” — to match those with needs and people offering services such as food, clothing and health care.
Administration officials said people can also seek or offer help though the state’s 211 phone system.
Adonia Simpson, representing Catholic Charities, said an important part of the effort is to provide the children with legal representation when they go before immigration judges for hearings on whether they may remain in the United States.
“Without an attorney, most of these children will be forced to defend themselves,” Simpson said.
O’Malley has made legal representation one of the main goals of the state’s efforts to help the young immigrants. Last week, he urged Maryland attorneys to respond to a plea by state Court of Appeals Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera to offer their services to the children on a pro bono basis.
Sharon Goldsmith, executive director of the Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland, said her group is working to organize the effort to recruit lawyers willing to work for free. She said the group has scheduled a training session for lawyers Oct. 29 in Annapolis on how to handle state and federal court proceedings involving immigrant minors.
THEY ARE BACK WITH THEIR HANDS OUT ASKING FOR MORE BENEFITS PAID FOR BY MONTGOMERY COUNTY TAXPAYERS. THESE SAME HISPANIC ILLEGAL ALIEN GARBAGE MEN WHO WERE ALLOWED TO KEEP THEIR JOBS DESPITE THEIR ILLEGAL ALIEN STATUS BECAUSE OF PRESSURE FROM MONTGOMERY COUNTY EXECUTIVE IKE LEGGETT (D) AND THE ENTIRE COUNTY COUNCIL (D).
WELL IT SEEMS THESE HARDWORKING ILLEGALS CAN’T FIND AFFORDABLE HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE. SOUNDS JUST LIKE MARYLAND CITIZENS FORCED TO USE OBAMACARE. SO THESE LAWBREAKING, LiUNA UNION MEMBERS ARE ASKING THE MONTGOMERY COUNTY GOVERNMENT TO PICKUP THEIR HEALTH INSURANCE COSTS. WHY THE HECK NOT SINCE THEY HAVE ALREADY STOLEN SOME CITIZENS JOB ANYWAY!
IT’S TIME TO ENFORCE THE LAW. NO AMNESTY! DEPORT ALL ILLEGAL ALIENS AND THEIR FAMILIES (TO KEEP THEM TOGETHER!)
Published: Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Sanitation workers demand affordable health benefits by Kate S. Alexander Staff writer Gazette
Workers who collect trash and recycling in Montgomery County are calling on County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) to back legislation that would require their employers provide them with access to affordable health insurance.
Councilwoman Nancy Navarro proposed legislation in February that would require certain county contractors, under the local living wage law, to provide those who work on county contracts with health insurance or a cash equivalent.
But her bill remains in a holding pattern.
At one time, Montgomery County directly employed sanitation workers. Now companies that competitively bid for a county contract to provide trash and recycling services employ the workers.
Workers for those contractors say their pay is low and benefits either costly or nonexistent, leading them to strike in 2013. While the workers were able to negotiate higher wages after the 2013 strike, access to affordable health insurance remains an issue.
Workers, members of the Laborers International Union of North America, LiUNA, and supporters gathered outside the County Executive Office Building Tuesday to rally for support of Navarro’s bill.
Some sanitation workers in the county pay as much as $250 every two weeks for employer-sponsored health insurance, said Jacob Alvial, an organizer with LiUNA Mid-Atlantic Region.
Alvial said he worked for about two years for Potomac Disposal, one the county trash contractors. Other workers, he said, specifically the helpers who ride on the back of the trucks, are not even eligible for health insurance through the contractors.
Navarro (D-Dist. 4) of Silver Spring introduced her bill to ensure that those who work on county contracts have access to affordable health insurance.
Leggett, she said, supported her bill “in concept,” but expressed to her that, as written, it would prove cost-prohibitive to the county.
The councilwoman’s office is working with executive branch staff on language that would serve the same intent while assuaging the Executive’s concerns, she said.
Patrick Lacefield, Leggett’s spokesman, said staff are evaluating how many contractors the law would affect, surveying current benefits offered by contractors and looking at exactly where the line of “affordable” should be drawn.
“We’re supportive of everyone having access to affordable health care, including employees of county contractors,” he said. “We have to see what the cost of that would be.”
Marching in a circle outside Leggett’s office building Tuesday morning, workers called for his support chanting: “Listen up Ike Leggett. Listen up Ike Leggett. What do we want? Health care. When do we want it? Now.”
The protesters delivered a letter and petition signed by 120 workers to Leggett’s office, but a staffer said the executive was not available, because he had to tend to a family issue.
Alvial said the workers also planned to carry copies to the County Council.
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