Baltimore Hangs New Sign Over the City Saying “Welcome Illegal Aliens.”

With Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake in the forefront, Baltimore has launched a policy of attracting foreign-born residents to the city in an attempt to reverse the city’s population decline. But it is not just legal residents that the city wants.

Part of the campaign has been the adoption of sanctuary policies for illegal aliens according to a Washington Post front page story on July 25. According to the Post, one of the steps in the campaign by Rawlings-Blake was the signing of an order in March, “…prohibiting police and social agencies from asking anyone about immigration status — and in the order, she explicitly asked federal immigration authorities to tell anyone they arrest that they are not agents of the city.” The story concludes with a quote from an admitted illegal alien resident of the city, “People feel free. We don’t have to live in hiding and in fear.”

Aside from encouraging illegal aliens to the city, the policies adopted in Baltimore are likely to attract other aliens to illegally enter the United States. And the city’s policy completely misses the point that it is the availability of jobs and a healthy economy that encourages residents to stay put and attracts newcomers. Illegal aliens, on the other hand, are hired mostly for low-wage jobs and drive down wages less-educated American workers thereby motivating them to leave in search of better employment opportunities.

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Jack, who joined FAIR’s National Board of Advisors in 2017, is a retired U.S. diplomat with consular experience. He has testified before the U.S. Congress, U.S. Civil Rights Commission, and U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform and has authored studies of immigration issues. His national and international print, TV, and talk radio experience is extensive (including in Spanish).


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    The debate over birthright citizenship does not involve the status of someone who is in the US illegally. Not only should the illegal aliens be deported, but their children also. The US will not take responsibility for them coming to the US illegally in the first place and placing their children born here in this dilemma. The illegal aliens are 100% responsible for the situation in hoping that their violation of our laws will be forgiven and their children will be automatically given citizenship. The billions of unfortunate, pennyless, starving overpopulation are just going to have to look elsewhere for their welfare checks.

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    The admitted illegal alien thinks he got away with it. Home free! It’s not over. You will face discrimination and bias your entire life unless you come clean and admit sneaking into this country in the first place. You might br deported but if you are a prodctive and loyal citizen you may be forgiven. It’s your move. Fess up or live in fear.

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    You want to talk about freedom of speech but then you remove my comments. I’m an American against America. This country has turned it’s back on us so we are turning our backs on it. Down with America.

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    This country has turned it’s back on it’s citizens so we are turning our backs on this country. I no longer support America and can not wait until it falls from grace. You deserve it.

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    Tiffany Danielle on

    I wonder if she will change her tune when violent crime increases, they start going bankrupt, and her city starts to look like a third world country???

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    Curious why our Representatives and Legislatures can’t review the Canadian or Denmark Immigration Laws. ie in the 70’s GM sent there Electromotive unit to Canada to be manufactured but to work their you had to be a Canadian Citizen or have a Work Visa. You couldn’t just cross the border.

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    Typical. This is why our country is falling apart: Apparently this IDIOT “Mayor” doesn’t realize that by inviting and then bringing in thousands of illegal aliens who will work for practically nothing and live 20 to a slum apartment, no legal citizen, particularly her “constituents”, i.e. the blacks that voted for her, will be able to keep what little jobs there are in this crappy city. But that’s OKAY!! Under the Obama plan, they can all live on welfare (courtesy of the American Taxpayer) for the rest of their lives. Just get the illegals to register to vote… That’s the Obama plan, and she’s in FULL support of it – and so are her constituents… No DOUBT Obama has contacted her and all blacks in some type of power position around the country to further this agenda. THIS is why this country is falling apart.

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