We have really reached a nadir in Maryland politics when a legislator advocates against the anti-illegal immigration petition because it will cost too much money. You read that correctly. Sen. Victor Ramirez, the lead sponsor of in-state tuition for illegals, is claiming that the petition drive against his bill will cost the state millions. This from Maryland Reporter:
The lead sponsor who objects to efforts to overturn his bill granting in-state college tuition to illegal immigrants said referendum efforts by opponents could cost the state millions and the drive is being funded by outside Tea Party interests.
“It costs the state a lot of money, and these guys are supposed to be fiscally conservative?” Sen. Victor Ramirez, D-Prince Georges, said last Friday. “We’re going to spend millions of dollars potentially for a referendum. It’s going to be more expensive to run the referendum than it is to fund the policy.”
“It’s definitely being driven by the Tea Party, not locally, but nationally,” Ramirez said. “It’s people from the outside trying to tell Maryland what policy they should pass.”
So let's get this straight. He is concerned about the minimal cost of the petition drive, but not about the billions that we spend on education for illegals. And the last time I checked, we, the people of this state, have a constitutional right to a referendum petition; illegal aliens don't even belong in the country, much less enjoy the right to subsidized services.
Also, he incoherently and fallaciously accuses his opposition of being initiated from other states and dictating policy to Marylanders. I've got news for you Ramirez. You are the one who is stealing in-state money to give to the consummate foreigner; the illegal alien. You are the one who is obdurately blocking any effort to let the people of Maryland decide next November. We are organizing this petition so that Marylanders can have a say at the ballot box. If they agree with your pernicious policy, then they will vote the referendum down. So what are you scared of, a good old fashioned election?
Please sign the petition and let Senator Ramirez know what Marylanders think of his effort to purloin our tax money for the purpose of out-of-country interests.