Letter to the Editor
By Brad Botwin
The title of Donald Lambro’s recent op-ed “This bizarre election year” (Web, July 14) teased the reader into thinking the piece was a fair and balanced review of the two 2016 presidential candidates. Instead it was a one-sided attack on the basic tenets of Donald Trump’s plan to control our southern border, end sanctuary havens for illegal immigrants and enforce laws to preserve employment opportunities for law-abiding citizens.
The consequences of the Clinton-Obama team’s open borders and lack of immigration-policy enforcement — seemingly endorsed by Mr. Lambro — have been already negatively affecting local communities throughout the country. In my own Montgomery County, Maryland, Police Chief Tom Manger, himself an immigration non-enforcement rock star, recently held a press conference to discuss the staggering increase in local MS-13 gang violence.
There have been more than 10 horrific murders and multiple people injured in less than a year. The Clinton-Obama team’s opposition to deporting illegal immigrants also has tremendous economic implications. As a sanctuary county, our elected officials (all Democrats) openly welcome supposedly non-violent Central American “refugees” and other illegal immigrants to our jurisdiction. There is a financial cost for this naive policy of open county borders.
The Montgomery County Council and county executive just passed a massive 8.7-percent property tax increase, merely a down payment for expanded elementary, middle and high schools, social services, health care and welfare needs of the never-ending tsunami of illegal immigrants. Our elected officials caused this growing financial fiasco through their blatant pro-illegal-immigration policies. And Montgomery County taxpayers are forced to pay the bill.
Elected officials are expected to improve our quality of life and standard of living, not erode both through thoughtless policies that allow illegal immigrants to live and work in our communities with impunity from the law. Bring on that wall.
This Letter to the Editor originally appeared in the July 24, 2016 edition of the Washington Times. View original article here.