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New Americans Caucus Is Launched

The New Americans Caucus of the Maryland General Assembly was formally launched this morning, with an agenda of promoting the contributions of immigrants to counter the anti-immigrant mood members say has bubbled up in the legislature.

More than a dozen lawmakers who are immigrants themselves or whose parents and grandparents were immigrants stood together at the event.

"We are seeing some extraordinary proposals before us," said Del. Ana Sol Gutierrez (D-Montgomery) who was born in El Salvador, referring to several bills introduced by conservative Republicans that would deny public benefits to illegal immigrants and prohibit a district court from releasing undocumented defendants on bail or their own recognizance.

Caucus members are lobbying Gov.Martin O'Malley (D) to add $1 million to his proposed state budget to kickstart the "New Americans Initiative for Maryland," a community-based effort to promote citizenship for eligible newcomers. More than 100,000 immigrants in the state are eligible to be citizens but have not pursued the lengthy, complicated application process, advocates say.The money would pay for support services at community-based organizations.

By Lisa Rein  |  January 30, 2008; 1:06 PM ET
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In the first paragraph you report: "...counter the anti-immigrant mood members say has bubbled up in the legislature."

Later you write: "...several bills introduced by conservative Republicans that would deny public benefits to illegal immigrants ..."

Am I missing something? How does the later item suggest an "anti-immigrant mood?" Conservative Republicans didn't introduce a bill to deny public benefits to all immigrants, just the illegal ones.

Posted by: soccer dad | January 30, 2008 5:03 PM | Report abuse

We've reached a dangerous time when the legislature calls a measure to ENFORCE THE LAW "extraordinary". I don't enjoy the "lengthy, complicated process" of filing a tax return. Does that mean that I get a free pass too?

It's criminal to raise taxes on us working people only to give our tax money to illegals by way of public services and public schooling.

Getting tough on illegal immigration is not just a "conservative Republican" priority. Everyone but the Post knows this by now.

Pay attention Marylanders. This is where your "structural deficit" tax increase is going.

Posted by: Fleeced by O'Malley | January 30, 2008 6:09 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: mailbagsteve | January 31, 2008 5:27 AM | Report abuse

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