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Are a pair of foreign-born Maryland lawmakers pushing a civil war? Considering Russia’s role in the Ukraine civil war, the idea deserves some thought.

Sen. Victor Ramirez (D-Prince George’s) and Del. Ana Sol Gutierrez (D-Montgomery) have proposed legislation that would require Maryland communities withdraw form the federal Secured Communities program. The House version of the bill, HB 29, had a hearing before the Judiciary Committee March 6.

The program is not mandatory. Some Maryland communities take part. Secure Communities was intended to target repeat and violent illegal aliens for deportation. The program allows federal officials to check the immigration status of anyone arrested in the country.

The bill would require local jails to ignore requests by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to hold illegal immigrants for 48 hours beyond when they would normally be released.

“Throughout Maryland, this is a problem,” Ramirez told Examiner. “While federal law says these are requests, not orders, state and local jurisdiction may make their own decision about whether or not to hold them.”

But this is not a problem for Maryland citizens! It is only a problem for people who broke the law to get here and are breaking the law by being here. The law is the law.

President Obama has deported more illegal immigrants in his six years than any other president in history. National Council of La Raza President Janet Murguía called the president the “deporter-in-chief” during the organization’s annual Capital Awards dinner March 5.

States cannot simply ignore federal law — even immigration law. If comrades Gutierrez and Ramiez will not follow the law they should resign as lawmakers.

What is the difference between a state telling a country in North America that we do not recognize your authority and a state telling a country in Europe that we do not recognize your authority?

Do Gutierrez and Ramiez want Maryland to break away from the United States as Crimea may do from the Ukraine? If Crimeans opt for “independence” Russia’s military will back them. The last time a state tried to leave this union things didn’t work out so well for the state(s).

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