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December 09, 2009
Montgomery County and Maryland are a "safe-zone" for illegal aliens due to liberal Democrat elected officials' policy. Illegals cost the state of Maryland $1.4 Billion in taxpayer funds annually. This does not count the human suffering from ID theft, crime, and murder of Montgomery County citizens by illegal aliens.
Even the police union is suing the county and Ike Leggett over its "hands-off" policy dealing with illegals. Leggett and the Police Chief have sent a clear message to all illegals---come to Montgomery County and we will NOT arrest you unless you commit murder (and if we arrest you, we will not report you to ICE).
County, police union in showdown over illegal-immigration policy
By: Alan Suderman
Examiner Staff Writer
December 7, 2009
Montgomery County and the Fraternal Order of Police union could be headed to court over the county police department's policy for handling illegal immigrants, according to the union's lawyer.
FOP attorney Paul Stein said the county's policy was "unconstitutional" and dangerous to the county's police officers and residents.
In a letter to County Attorney Leon Rodriguez, Stein asked for justification of the policy, which limits officers' ability to contact U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE.
Union officials have complained that the county's immigration policies are politically motivated and hamper efforts to gather information on suspected criminals.
In February, the county changed its policy so ICE would be contacted when police arrested anyone, including illegal immigrants, in a violent or handgun-related crime. The policy came in response to a string of high-profile violent crimes committed by illegal immigrants in the county.
In September, the police department sent out a memo to officers emphasizing that federal immigration authorities should not be contacted after arresting someone based on solely gang affiliation or immigration status.
The September memo also indicated that officers needed to first get approval from the department before assisting ICE agents.
That memo came after an illegal immigrant, who said he was a former gang member, accused police of assaulting him and turning him over to ICE after he complained about the department.
Rodriguez told The Examiner he believed the county's policy was legal, but has not responded directly to the union. County Executive Ike Leggett and police department officials have said the policy helps foster a sense of trust between the police officers and the county's illegal immigrant population.
Stein said the union wanted to avoid a legal showdown, but if there were issues that couldn't be resolved, then "a court might have to resolve it."
He said his officers felt handcuffed in doing their jobs, which include regularly communicating with other government agencies.
The policy "on its face and in application limits our police officers from communicating with ICE until some horrible or horrendous crime occurs, such as first-degree murder, multiple murders, abduction of a 16-year-old for immoral purposes, first-degree sex assault," Stein said.
Stein also pointed out that federal law prohibited the county from "restricting communication" from its officers to ICE "regarding immigration status of any individual."
April 28, 2009
The Obama administration has taken "pay for play" or "walking around money" to a new level. They are rewarding their union support and votes with ownership of GM. This is just STEALING from the bondholders and investors of GM.
This nationalization proposal -- a last-ditch effort developed by GM and the Obama administration's auto task force to keep the leading U.S. carmaker out of bankruptcy -- raised hackles in Congress and ratcheted up the game of brinkmanship with the company's bondholders, who have until May 8 to accept or to try to negotiate better terms. The owners of the company must say "NO" to this plan and let the company restructure.
Bondholders pose a major stumbling block to the restructuring. Under the proposed offering which GM filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, investors holding $27.2 billion of GM bonds would swap those bonds for 10 percent of the equity shares of the restructured company. The United Auto Workers would get up to 39 percent of the company in return for half of the $20 billion GM owes to a health fund for retired workers. Current shareholders would get 1 percent of the new shares.
Administration officials argued that the UAW was making other sacrifices in wages and benefits, and that the company could not function without workers. The ownership structure proposed by the government is out-right theft from the bondholders. This plan is a total payoff of the union support for Obama. This is pay-back, pure and simple.