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Maryland GOP calls Rascovar immigration column ‘slanderous, outrageous’

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By Diana Waterman

Chair, Maryland Republican Party

Two days ago, columnist Barry Rascovar shared his opinion about the situation caused by the high number of unaccompanied children arriving illegally in the United States. While Mr. Rascovar is entitled to his opinion, the Maryland Republican Party finds his partisan attack on members of our party to be both outrageous and slanderous.

Let me first define the term illegal immigration for Mr. Rascovar. Illegal immigration refers to the migration of people across national borders, or the residence of foreign nationals in a country, in a way that violates the immigration laws of the destination country.

Entering the country illegally

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These children are entering this country illegally and that is what Mr. Rascovar is missing in his article. And to call us bigots because we oppose illegal immigration is typical of the liberal left. When they disagree with us on issues they revert to name calling and personal attacks.

Mr. Rascovar wants his readers to believe that the Grand Old Party is somehow an anti-immigration party because a portion of its founding members were part of the Know-Nothing Party. Well some members of the KKK were members of the Democrat Party so using his logic the Democrat Party is also a racist party.

Mr. Rascovar also assumes that it was a Republican who placed graffiti on the Carroll County military building without evidence. No one has been arrested or charged with this crime, but he assumes it was a Republican because of the message. To make an accusation like that is not only irresponsible but unprofessional as well.

Reagan signed immigration reform

President Ronald Reagan

In 1986, President Reagan signed the Simpson-Mazzoli Act, a bipartisan immigration reform bill that created a pathway to citizenship for 3 million undocumented immigrants. Now that President Obama is considering legalizing 5 million illegal immigrants, foreigners are racing for the U.S. border before he does so in an effort to receive the bounty of being a U.S. citizen, without having to go through the process. The United States looks like the answer to all of their prayers. The enticement of U.S. citizenship without any strings attached is a very strong motivator.

Mr. Rascovar goes on to attack some of the elected officials in my party because they’re trying to fix this problem and not turning a blind eye to it. The current border crisis highlights the incompetency of the Obama administration and the fractures within the Democratic Party on how to solve our broken border system. President Obama is sending a clear message: the only way he will ever be a firsthand witness of the crisis on the U.S. – Mexico border is if the DNC holds a fundraiser there.

Republicans committed to solutions

Republicans are committed to solving this situation, but President Obama and his administration need to deliver a plan that actually curbs illegal immigration. Disappointedly, Senate Democrats fired the first shot in the border solution negotiations, attempting to block an honest Republican proposal and turn it into a polarizing political prop.

They’re following the same pattern as President Obama, concerning themselves with fundraisers and politics over actually making sure the well-being of kids is taken care of and the border is secure. This is proof that immigration isn’t a policy issue for Democrats, it’s a political prop to trot out in an election year.

Americans disappointed with Obama

With President Obama failing to lead on a slew of issues, Gallup reports that Americans are also disappointed with his handling of our broken immigration system. Americans’ approval of President Barack Obama’s handling of immigration has dropped to 31%, one of the lowest readings since 2010, when Gallup began polling on his handling of the issue. Today, two in three Americans (65%) disapprove of his handling of immigration.

What President Obama doesn’t get about our immigration system is that half of the country, including many independent voters, see a struggling border and weak interior enforcement as a reflection of another mismanaged aspect of this administration. Until President Obama fixes the reality problem at our border and Americans see him enforcing our laws, we will have a perception problem abroad and he will have a favorability problem at home.

In closing the Maryland Republican Party has been and always will be a proponent of lawful immigration. We support everyone’s desire to be a citizen of the United States, but we encourage people to emigrate the legal way. A nation without borders is not a nation.

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  1. Fray David says:

    man, we need to send a message to washington and obama buddy omally… WE do not want these illegal aliens coming into our county bringing their sickness with them, gettin on the road and u know they anit got insurance, lawbreakers out of our great nation.. IF they wish to come to usa. Do it the right way and not the wrong way! There a reason we have borders.. WE need drones from robotech partoling our boarder like asap and have them arm to the teeth with giant robots!

  2. Dave Francis says:


    note, this is really getting painful Today? illegal aliens—YES! Illegal aliens are
    flaunting their undocumented status, demonstrating outside the White House and
    ICE was there doing and saying nothing? These people were demanding Amnesty and
    financial benefits from the American people. DEMANDING! WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO
    OUR LAWS? Grand Standing with signs who they are; that they are not suppose to
    even be in the United States and uniformed Park Police and immigration services
    telling them to move along. That the ICE authorities not detaining into custody
    these people and taking them away?

    majority of Americans are uptight as strained piano wire about what Obama has
    threatened to do, if like a little child he doesn’t get his way. Is he going to
    open the gates wide to illegal immigrants
    as that nut case California Gov. Brown wants to provide?

    VOICES OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE? Can you help Save America? Obama continues to
    overstep his boundaries. He holds utter disregard for our nation, our
    Constitution, our own people. Every chance he gets he tramples our rights in
    the name of being “king” of the land. He has violated the separation
    of powers and repeatedly put himself above the law.


    Border Patrol: U.S.
    accepting them because crimes not done in U.S.

    McALLEN, Texas – As the Obama administration
    struggles to define the current wave of unaccompanied minors as a tale of
    refugees escaping violence, government border officials are telling a frighteningly
    different story of the infiltration of criminal gang members and confessed
    murderers along with thousands of potential recruits.

    Some 70 percent of the youths – boys and girls alike – have been
    raped or otherwise sexually assaulted on their dangerous trip north to the Rio Grande, according to

    Chris Cabrera, a Border Patrol agent for nearly 13 years and a
    vice president in the National Border Patrol Council Local 3307, spoke to WND
    and Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Texas, in an exclusive interview at the Rio Grande border in McAllen, Texas, Saturday.

    WND asked Cabrera what the Border Patrol and the Department of
    Homeland Security do when they find out an illegal immigrant teenager from Central America is a gang member or a

    “What do we do?” he answered. “Well, they haven’t committed a
    crime in the United States, so they’re good to
    go, and we send them north, even if they admit they have committed a murder.”

    The situation with the illegal alien’s invaders is out of control. What I see
    coming as a result alarming me beyond anything I’ve ever known in my 52 years.

    The US Border Patrol are telling us that the illegal aliens, including the
    children, are crossing the border claiming, “Obama will take care of
    us” as if it has been carefully rehearsed—taught before they even cross
    the border into the U.S from Mexico.

    They are immediately asking about their schooling and medical care. Someway
    they are coming prepared with names of family members that live here which get
    them a ticket into our country.

    Clearly, someone carefully orchestrated it and it makes me sick.

    Half of Americans are living
    paycheck-to-paycheck. A smaller majority don’t want to work and prefer to leech
    the financial blood from those who are out there, trying to feed there
    still out of a job; many still looking. Obamacare has turned out to be a
    pretense—it’s outrageously expensive and unaffordable. Poverty and welfare are
    at an all-time high. Veteran’s benefits are in danger of being cut. Yet Obama
    wants to allow 30 million illegals to suck at the federal, state treasuries.
    It’s all about votes for a dangerous man who wants a third term. Obama is the
    worst president in the history of the United States—and the most lethal.
    He has proven his loyalty to terrorists and illegals, demonstrated utter
    disdain for America and complete
    disrespect for our military. Help us alert America and rally support to
    remove Obama from office.

    Its unconstitutional
    and a humiliation with deadly consequences. Demand Congress stops the death
    sentence. Check this site that has the phone
    Numbers and Mailing Addresses of Members of Congress at: http://www.contactingthecongress/
    to demand an end to illegal immigration and the dismantling of our military,
    which is our lifeblood against our enemies. This is the number for the central
    switchboard for Congress to address your grievances at 800—224-3121.

    We must Block amnesty
    for illegal aliens, which is entirely up to us—grassroots America—the little helpless
    citizens. You can also get alternative—NO SPIN– news
    about issues at One-America cable TV News http:/
    and You
    might also like to try (AliPac)


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