Maryland Democrats soft on illegal immigrants

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Maryland has already issued driver's licenses to thousands of illegal immigrants, and Maryland Democrats want to continue this practice. But Maryland passed a law in 2009 to conform to the requirements of the Federal Real ID Act which disqualifies the use of licenses from states issuing them to illegal immigrants as proof of identity. The 2009 law discontinued the issuing of new drivers licenses to illegal immigrants and also prohibits license renewals to those who can't provide proof of legal residency after June 30, 2015.

Now, some Maryland Democrats want to drop the 2015 deadline and resume issuing licenses to new illegal immigrant drivers. They are emboldened by the Obama Administration's ongoing delay in implementing the Federal Real ID Act.

Elected representatives in the Maryland General Assembly are supposed to make decisions based on the best interests of Maryland citizens. But I see Democratic lawmakers instead making decisions in the best interest of foreign nationals who break our laws.

Because state government shows little respect for U.S. citizenship or federal law, for me being in Annapolis feels like I'm in the capital of an unfriendly foreign nation. It is neither normal nor healthy for law-abiding U.S. citizens to view their state government, or any state government, as hostile. But this is exactly the situation that Maryland lawmakers are creating.

Robert Fireovid, Greenbelt

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