NOVEMBER 15, 2012
A U.S. county not far from the nation’s capital is spending $100,000 to provide “application assistance” to illegal immigrants recently spared from deportation under President Obama’s backdoor amnesty plan.
That means taxpayers in Maryland’s Montgomery County will pick up the tab to help illegal aliens complete paperwork required under the president’s deferred action process. Announced in June, the controversial measure allows illegal immigrants 30 and younger to remain in the U.S. and obtain work permits if they entered the country as children (“through no fault of their own,” as Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano loves to say).
In all, about 1 million illegal immigrants will benefit from the deferred action but they must follow a process that includes filling out tedious federal forms. So officials in Montgomery County, an affluent community well known for its illegal immigrant sanctuary policies, have generously offered to help. This week the county’s Department of Health and Human Services allocated $100,000 to provide application assistance to individuals who qualify for deferred action.
Adding insult to injury, the cash will go to a renowned open borders group (Casa de Maryland) that operates day laborer centers which are partially funded with public money. Casa is well connected because the assistant attorney general picked by President Obama to head the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) bloated civil rights division, former Maryland Labor Secretary Thomas Perez, once served as its president of the board.
Last year the nonprofit, which is based in the state’s Tacoma Park area, engaged in a fierce legal battle with Judicial Watch over a Maryland law granting illegal immigrants taxpayer-funded tuition benefits. In a complaint filed last year JW claims that under federal law, unlawfully present aliens are ineligible for state or local public benefits, including post-secondary education perks such as reduced tuition.
Montgomery County has long offered illegal aliens a variety of perks and protections. In fact, the county came under intense fire a few years ago over a series of high-profile murders committed by illegal immigrants who had been arrested by local police and released. Under the county’s sanctuary policies they were not reported to federal authorities for deportation despite their criminal histories.
In one year illegal immigrants who had been previously arrested in the area committed four murders, including that of a high school honor student and an elderly woman. Two of the killings involved members of the notoriously violent MS-13 or Mara Salvatrucha gang, whose crime sprees have been enabled by the Montgomery County Police Department’s don’t-ask-don’t-tell immigration policy.
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