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The Frederick News-Post Online – Sheriff Jenkins Specious Arguments About Immigration

July 23, 2011

Author’s Comment:

Need I say more? Jenkins is more interested in enforcing federal immigration laws more than enforcing state and federal gun laws. And the public is stirring into a foaming hiss of outrage against this self-important sheriff who arrests Hispanics  on misdemeanor charges so that he can run their names under ICE in order to have them deported for running a stop sign or even picking their nose. He makes a strong public argument that Hispanics are like cockroaches coming out of the woodwork and it is his job, and his job alone, to spray Raid all over them.

Hold onto your hat. It gets better. One of the female Hispanics was arrested for eating her lunch curbside. She “looked suspicious” because she “went behind a dumpster as a cruiser drove by her.” Wait. I think I just choked on my sandwich. Do you think that she was overly paranoid, or just throwing away her lunch bag trash? I’ll link you to that article later after I give myself the Heimlich manuever. Meanwhile, read the article that prompted my regurgitation: The Frederick News-Post Online – Frederick County Maryland Daily Newspaper.

I am in strong agreement with Mr. Spedden A. Hause, III who writes the article from Frederick. In all fairness, I provided you with the Frederick News Post readers’ comments. Somewhere in there, we might find some Sheriff Supporters. Are you one of them? Leave your comments here and be heard today.

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I would like to offer support for the commentary by Ken Eidel that appeared in the May 15 edition of The Frederick News-Post. His commentary was about the “overzealous” conduct of the FrederickCounty Sheriff’s Office in its implementation of the 287(g) program in Frederick County. It is not my purpose to analyze or restate Eidel’s comments. They stand on their own merits. Until May 12, I did not have strong objections to Sheriff Chuck Jenkins’ approach to managing the 287(g) program. I had reservations about the potential abuse and profiling that could result from this program, but there was no indication that activity like that had actually occurred. I attended the town hall meeting that evening at the American Legion post. It was then that my perspective changed dramatically.

The purpose of this event was to encourage a petition effort to put to referendum the just-signed bill allowing in-state college tuition for the children of undocumented residents who were brought to this country illegally as minors. People of reason and good will can differ on the virtues of this legislation. But there was not reason and good will at that meeting. What occurred was plain old political demagoguery.

As a warm-up to the main event, a presentation from the Kansas secretary of state for national affairs, our sheriff, my sheriff, rose to a standing ovation and proceeded to give his perspective on the illegal-immigration problem. The two points he made, and he made them repeatedly, that I took away from his remarks were: The federal government, meaning of course the Obama administration, had done “nothing” to deal with illegal immigration and it was up to us (him) to do something about it. The second perspective I heard was that we are under invasion, and we must defend against the invader.

I know that the first comment regarding the federal government is incorrect, and I remain unconvinced that we are under invasion. I suspect it’s the reverse. The Norman French landing in England in 1066 was an invasion; the landing of Cortez in Mexico was an invasion. We are not being invaded by the Hispanic immigrant community in Frederick. I am always suspicious of an argument based on misinformation and fear.

I am becoming more convinced that the rhetoric from those 100-plus citizens participating in the May 12 town hall meeting was not about stopping illegal immigration. It was about stopping Hispanic immigration.

The world is constantly in a state of change, and much of that change is inevitable; just ask today’s Egyptians, yesterday’s Southern U.S. black residents, and the people who lived in North and South America prior to the 15th century. To most of those in attendance at the town hall meeting: Now you know what it feels like to be a Native American.

Spedden A. Hause III writes from Frederick.

New Post Readers’ Comments:

May 22, 2011 @ 01:54 AM: newtofc…”What occurred was plain old political demagoguery”……”I am always suspicious of an argument based on misinformation and fear”……”I am becoming more convinced that the rhetoric from those 100-plus citizens participating in the May 12 town hall meeting was not about stopping illegal immigration. It was about stopping Hispanic immigration”…..Two and one-half years ago when I first moved to FC, LTE’s like this were few and far between. In fact, I wrote a LTE criticizing the Sheriff and got a not so veiled threat from one of the Sheriffs admirers. But more and more lately, LTE’s like this one are being written. Comments to the LTE’s are becoming more critical of the Sheriff and his motives. Mr. Hause has it right. The immigration issue is about bigotry, and the Sheriff and his fans are against Hispanics legal and illegal, and against Muslims and Blacks as we found out in the Walkersville debacle and the infamous “dummies” as Halloween decorations where more than a thousand comments came in of the vilest and most hateful sort. But thank goodness, the people of FC are rebelling against Sheriff Jenkins and his band. Everyone should be welcome in FC, even illegal “aliens” jill, if that’s the way FC employers and the U.S. Government wants it.
May 22, 2011 @ 04:02 AM: Dbjanda1The rule of law has been violated not by Sheriff Jenkins BUT BY the ‘invading illegals’…Enforce the constitutional oath elected officials take to protect our borders and two things will happen : 1)illegals will not be an issue and 2) 287g will NOT be needed…Sheriff Jenkins should arrest people that take an oath of office who don’t protect the rights of legal citizens…How many of our representatives do you think would be in office if that were to happen ???…The jails would be full BUT not of ‘illegals’…I love living in a ‘sanctuary’ county…Don’t you ???…Me
May 22, 2011 @ 07:14 AM: stuckon270So if Frederick county buisinesses and the US Government want corruption and to ignore the rule of law we should just shut up and live with it. Can we apply that to other areas as well such as Haliburton, Big oil companies etc. etc. would my liberal friends still agree.
May 22, 2011 @ 09:13 AM: publicI continue to wonder why the sheriff does such a lousy job of finding the illegal employers. He arrests hundreds of illegal immigrants. Doesn’t he ask them where they worked? Isn’t he investigating? Why doesn’t he follow the food chain upwards? If he caught a low-level drug dealer, wouldn’t he try to find out who his supplier was?
May 22, 2011 @ 09:15 AM: GrumbleJonesIt’s neither racist, nativist nor xenophobic to expect those who wish to enter our country to do so legally, following our nation’s laws like other law-abiding citizens. Illegal aliens display a blatant disrespect for our democratically enacted laws, disdain for due process, scorn for the idea of fairness and an obvious contempt for their fellow countrymen who did not sneak across the borders but made the effort to enter lawfully.
May 22, 2011 @ 09:46 AM: ptrettienI applaud Mr. Eidel for opening a discussion on this important topic; and I appreciate this writer’s courage in carrying the discussion forward in a public forum. We should not tolerate our public officials abusing their office and power. The MOA was signed by Jenkins and ICE in October of 2009 and here is an excerpt from that agreement: “XIV. CIVIL RIGHTS STANDARDS Participating Frederick County Sheniffs Office personnel are bound by all Federal civil rights laws, regulations, guidance relating to non-discrimination, including the U.S. Department of Justice “Guidance Regarding The Use Of Race By Federal Law Enforcement Agencies” dated June 2003 and Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, 42. U.S.C. 2000 et. seq., which prohibits discrimination based upon race, color, or national origin (including limited English proficiency) in any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.” If you would like to read the entire agreement – there are actually two – one signed in 2008 and one in Oct 2009 – you can find how to file complaints and points of contact at the end. We should all be complaining – if there is any audio evidence of a the meeting – we should be using it as part of a complaint. Here’s where to find the MOA:…/r_287gfrederickcounty101509.pdf
May 22, 2011 @ 09:56 AM: poohkitty9Screw the illegal aliens and whatever way they came here. They are breaking our laws, as are the politicians and organizations that support them and give them help while they are here…and YES that does include religious groups too. Illegals aliens get OUT of the USA, follow the rules, and don’t let the door hit you in the butt on your way out.
May 22, 2011 @ 10:28 AM: man_on_thestreetI should have read who the writer was before I got through the whole thing.
May 22, 2011 @ 10:53 AM: jill.king8I don’t believe that people don’t understand what illegal means. We are in crisis with our youth, illegal entry into our country, and mismanagement of monies by politicians. We can blame a lot of people for the problem, but the solution should be fairly simple. The liberal stance has promoted an up and coming lazy society, with those not age of majority having as many rights as those of us responsible. Politicians say we can not correct our children, raise them with principle and morals, unless imposed by our liberal school system, or even encourage them to be a productive member of society. What one fails to realize is that we are the most progressed part of the animal kingdom and the mama bears are mad. We can not dutifully go after any illegal population unless the PC junkies of the country don’t start stepping up to the plate. This is now a world of sissy’s, lazy children, those who seek entitlement, and generations of what about me. The illegal alien problem has stemmed from a liberal stance on pc-ing every little item involving children. They are no longer aware of consequence, a day of hard work, nor what a dollar means. We can thank the educational progress the nation is making for this. After gen-y came what I call the slacker generation. This has enabled many to come here looking for migrant work. The problem is they stay, not wanting to OBEY the rules. Special interest groups retaining politians in office are maintaining that their every little whim is met. The problem is we are in a society where there are no children willing to grow up and work an honest day, unions to support them, and politicians who will condone that illegal aliens. Most view them as part of the solution, not the problem. American parents have been made weak, special interest groups made powerful. As ptrettien above shows, anyone can look at a website and gather slanted views. History has been modified so that we can’t even tell fact from fiction anymore. Get rid of the welfare system and keep pushing them to the border. Lower wages from top down, don’t continually seek to raise the minimum. These are all new found liberal ideas. Now they want to pc the word illegal. How much further will they go? We used to send criminals to Austrailia. Why can’t we send all of the liberals to some remote area, so that they can self destruct in their little pc kingdom?
May 22, 2011 @ 11:03 AM: jill.king8newtofc- Glad to see you have learned the correct terminology: Illegal ALIEN. 🙂 It is always about accuracy and integrity, not the pc’d version invalidated by less than reality term usage.
May 22, 2011 @ 12:07 PM: RockbjohnsonThey are illegal criminals, they should be DEPORTED and people like Spedden should move to south America with them.
May 22, 2011 @ 12:16 PM: marylandmirageI do not think anyone has a problem with LEGAL immigration, be they Hispanic, Asian, etc. HOWEVER, people who cross the border illegally are not health checked, not necessarily vaccinated, and actually may be running from the law in their own country. Why should we welcome these people with open arms? Let them go through the process the correct way. By the way, I think that businesses who employ people who do not speak English should be boycotted! (Sorry, McDonalds).
May 22, 2011 @ 07:57 PM: menfiJill said, ” The liberal stance has promoted an up and coming lazy society, with those not age of majority having as many rights as those of us responsible. Politicians say we can not correct our children, raise them with principle and morals, unless imposed by our liberal school system, or even encourage them to be a productive member of society.” I cannot believe you can say this is true. Which politician has told you that you cannot raise your children with principles and morals? I thought that the right believed in the free market so if there is a need for more “conservative” teachers and professors why aren’t “conservatives” rushing to fill those jobs? Get your degree in education then fill out an application and quit whining! C’mon Jill, you’re smarter than this.
May 22, 2011 @ 07:59 PM: menfimarylandmirage, you just contradicted yourself in the same letter. You say that you don’t think people have a problem with LEGAL immigration yet you go on to protest businesses who hire people who don’t speak very much English. Well, I’m pretty sure that MacDonalds is pretty good about hiring only legals so there you have it. Of course, the ruckus last year over parks being “taken over” by non-white people also shows that you are wrong about people not being concerned with LEGAL immigrants.
May 22, 2011 @ 09:45 PM: nskowronskiThe only bigot here is the letter writer. He smears an entire group of concerned citizens who simply believe that the federal government has failed to enforce the immigration laws that they are sworn to enforce. When all else fails,he takes a slap at the whites for their migration to North America and their treatment of Native Americans. Take your “white guilt” someplace else. The informed citizens simply do not want taxpayer dollars supporting these trespassers. All trespassers!
May 23, 2011 @ 06:04 AM: jill.king8menfi- Raised any children lately? The pc’d learning process, technology, and children going to budget meetings proves that we are raising a generation that knows more about welfare than labor. My son can cook, sew, and has taken many courses that teach hands on applications. He wants to learn these items, most in his class have little clue and disrupt classes he wants to learn in. Yes, society has screwed up a generation. It is a top down thing. This has become welcoming for any foreigner seeking employment.
May 23, 2011 @ 06:34 AM: menfiYes, Jill, though in a different school district. In my view school is supplemented by what we teach our kids and no politician has EVER told me what I can or cannot teach my kids. Blaming politicians for how your kids are raised is kind of lame, in my opinion. The success of people graduating from public high schools all over the city, county, state and country show that it is not that difficult.
May 23, 2011 @ 12:16 PM: marylandmirageNo, I did not contradict myself. ********”All applicants who filed for naturalization on or after October 1, 2008 are be required to take the new test. In the citizenship test, the applicant for citizenship is asked up to 10 of the 100 questions. The interviewer reads the questions in English and the applicant must answer in English. In order to pass, at least 6 of the 10 questions must be answered correctly.********
May 23, 2011 @ 05:07 PM: jill.king8menfi- They are graduating, but what are they doing? School, sponging, and technology. I never see a late teen early twenty year old mowing grass, unless paid through their employer. Many girls are now pregnant before marriage, attending school, grandma raising the babies. Society has now learned from government funded programs on how to do as little as possible to get by. Yes many graduate, but where do they go then?
May 23, 2011 @ 07:50 PM: jill.king8
May 23, 2011 @ 09:47 PM: menfimarylandmirage; I’m absolutely positive that everyone at McDonald’s can speak enough English to pass the citizenship test. In any case, I’m even more positive that they are not illegal so you are STILL contradicting yourself by saying no one is concerned with LEGAL immigrants but then go on to ask for a boycott of businesses who employ LEGAL immigrants. Jill, you spout off these concepts like they are facts; back them up. My two twenty-something daughters are neither pregnant nor sponging off of anyone (including us!). Nearly every week I get to interact with US students who are pursuing advanced degrees in science and engineering so I don’t hold the same viewpoint as you do. Some absolutely brilliant young men and women.
May 23, 2011 @ 11:00 PM: clearvuSome of the comments posted here are truly amazing and embarrassing for those of use who live and work in Frederick. The comment, “This is now a world of sissy’s, lazy children, those who seek entitlement, and generations of what about me. The illegal alien problem has stemmed from a liberal stance on pc-ing every little item involving children.” I am not sure what to make of a comment like this, but there seems to be a major logical disconnect between the two points (how we raise our children and the fact that immigrants are willing to come to this country and work at dirty, hard, low paying jobs that people here do not want to fill. For the writer of that comment, it seems to matter not that you raise your children, not others. For all those that want all illegal immigrants to leave, are there that many? If there are, who will fill their jobs, including the ones at McDonald’s, or at the nursing homes, orchards, etc. You ought to think of the positive impact that immigrant populations have had in the U.S. And as another letter writer noted, this time it is brown-skinned people, not Europeans. We had virtually an open immigration policy for much of this country’s history, well into the 20th century. It is not apparent that we have found the right approach, for us or them, now that we have restricted entry into this country. Perhaps, a little compassion is in order for those who are trying to make a better life and contributing to his country.
May 24, 2011 @ 07:30 AM: jill.king8clearvu- Their is a correlation between the two topics. Society has changed the way children feel about doing jobs that are beneath them. Most wouldn’t think about picking fruit or mowing grass. They have been pushed to higher education and technology or entitlement; there is no gray area in what is currently taught. I would be happy to see all children employed, when reaching the age of majority, not living off of my taxes. It is about destiny, creating your own, and not depending on a foreigner to come do your “dirty work.”
May 24, 2011 @ 08:16 AM: jill.king8menfi- Here are some links.– To say that you know that there are graduates achieving is looking at the bright side, to say that there is also a problem created by forcing everyone into a tight little fit of college is reality. I know that there is success among students, but there is also a long list of unemployment and welfare benefits on the rise, due to others ability to take these “demeaning” jobs. Where I come from, it is more important to be self supportive and in control of my own destiny, than to worry about someone criticizing me for taking a job that pays the bills. It would be a lot easier to introduce more programs in school to get all employed, than to force everyone into that tight little path of college. All are not made for this, most are trained to except nothing more.
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