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Illegal Immigration Richard Falknor on 01 Jul 2011 01:47 pm

Maryland Petition: The Clergy, the Laity, the Victory

Last night’s Washington Post report by Aaron C. Davis “Counting begins to force referendum on immigrant tuition law” acknowledged that —

“Opponents of a new Maryland law to give undocumented immigrants in-state college tuition breaks said they turned in more than twice as many signatures as needed on Thursday night to suspend the law and to force it to a statewide referendum.”

Davis, however, also gave prominence to quotes suggesting that leaders of the faithful thought SB 167 (giving in-state tuition to illegal aliens) was a dandy idea —

“Hours earlier, proponents staged their own event in Baltimore, saying those trying to defeat the law had ‘spread misinformation and hate’ about the measure.

‘The efforts to revoke the Maryland DREAM Act are not only mean-spirited, they are also interlaced with an unspoken and yet deeply rooted racism that seeks to have Maryland move backwards rather than forwards,’ said Rev. Paul Johnson, a clergy leader from Maryland Industrial Areas Foundation, a coalition of faith-based groups that supports the in-state tuition breaks for undocumented immigrants.

The Maryland Catholic Conference also said it launched a taskforce to begin educating the state’s Catholic congregations about why the tuition law ‘deserves their support.’

‘Legitimate concerns over illegal immigration cannot be solved by denying the needs of children,'[sic] the group said in a statement.” (Underscoring Forum’s.)

Apparently the Post could find no lay voices from the faithful for quotes.

Ever vigilant Potomac Tea Party Report, however, would have none of it!

Scroll down in “Tea Party Power: Maryland petition drive succeeds beyond wildest expectations” to the subhead “Beware the Religious Left!”

And How About The Industrial Areas Foundation in Maryland?

Last July 22, we wrote (scroll down to middle of foregoing link) that

In 2004, as Deputy Secretary of State, Mary Kane reportedly promised to advance Action in Montgomery’s (AIM) priority of ‘a full-service immigration and naturalization office in Montgomery County’

‘After the adoption of the agenda, the County Executive Doug Duncan, Congressman Van Hollen, and Deputy Secretary of State for Maryland Mary Kane were asked to stand and individually pledge to support AIM’s [Action in Montgomery] agenda by taking specific action and here is what they pledged:

  • Deputy Secretary of State for Maryland Mary Kane – will arrange for a meeting with Lieutenant Governor Michael Steele and other officials from the Governor Ehrlich’s administration to discuss how to support the immigration action.” (Underscoring Forum’s.)

And who is AIM?

“The current AIM website [updated] also declares – –

‘AIM is affiliated with the Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF), the oldest and largest national, congregation-based, community organizing network in the United States. Founded more than 50 years ago by Saul Alinsky, the IAF works with more than 55 community organizations like AIM across the United States, and in Canada, Germany, and the United Kingdom.’


The “Huge Divide” between The Faithful and Their Clergy.


Research chief Steve Camarota of the respected Center for Immigration Studies authored a very useful post entitled “Religious Leaders vs. Members: An Examination of Contrasting Views on Immigration.”

Camarota’s December 2009 post revealed – –

“Among the findings:

Most members of religious denominations do not feel that illegal immigration is caused by limits on legal immigration, as many religious leaders do; instead, members feel it’s due to a lack of enforcement.

  • Catholics: Just 11 percent said illegal immigration was caused by not letting in enough legal immigrants; 78 percent said it was caused by inadequate enforcement efforts.
  • Mainline Protestants: 18 percent said not enough legal immigration; 78 percent said inadequate
  • Born-Again Protestants: 9 percent said not enough legal immigration; 85 percent said inadequate enforcement.
  • Jews: 21 percent said not enough legal immigration; 60 percent said inadequate enforcement.

Unlike religious leaders who argue that more unskilled immigrant workers are needed, most members think there are plenty of Americans to do such work.

  • Catholics: 12 percent said legal immigration should be increased to fill such jobs; 69 percent said there are plenty of Americans available to do such jobs, employers just need to pay more.
  • Mainline Protestants: 10 percent said increase immigration; 73 percent said plenty of Americans available.
  • Born-Again Protestants: 7 percent said increase immigration; 75 percent said plenty of Americans available.
  • Jews: 16 percent said increase immigration; 61 percent said plenty of Americans available.

When asked to choose between enforcement that would cause illegal immigrants to go home over time or a conditional pathway to citizenship, most members of religious communities choose enforcement.

  • Catholics: 64 percent support enforcement to encourage illegals to go home; 23 percent support conditional legalization.
  • Mainline Protestants: 64 percent support enforcement; 24 percent support conditional legalization.
  • Born-Again Protestants: 76 percent support enforcement; 12 percent support conditional
  • Jews: 43 percent support enforcement; 40 percent support conditional legalization.”

Maryland readers in particular, during the run up to the likely November 2012 referendum on SB167, should keep tracking Cliff Kincaid’s “Religious Left Exposed”!


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