- The Washington Times - Sunday, December 28, 2008

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Kudos to Prince William County, Va., as it continues to arrest and detain illegal immigrants and transfer them to Immigration and Customs Enforcement authorities on a regular basis. That is doing the right thing and protecting county residents.

My question is: Why can’t Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett and Police Chief J. Thomas Manger adopt the same good and sound policies and require that immigration status be checked on anyone arrested and/or detained here?

A crackdown on illegal immigrants in Montgomery County is not only necessary, but long overdue. Some of the most hideous crimes committed in this county this year were by illegal immigrants. This county is overflowing with illegal immigrants, mostly Hispanic, who have infiltrated neighborhoods with their unwanted and unwelcome presence.

Instead of protecting its legal residents from the menace of these illegal immigrants, Montgomery County tends to support them and support CASA de Maryland by building them day-labor centers and handing out free welfare and educational benefits to them.

I urge the Montgomery County Council to look into this serious matter and adopt policies similar to those in Prince William that protect law-abiding residents from the illegal-immigrant menace that continues to plague the county.

AL EISNER

Wheaton

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