Quirk, Oliver Won't Support Petition Letter

Majority of council releases letter of support today.

Five Baltimore County Council members released a letter this afternoon asking county voters to sign a petition opposing a bill that would grant in-state tuition to illegal immigrants.

But two others, Democratic Councilmen Ken Oliver and Tom Quirk say they will not join with their colleagues

"I don't think that people understand what the law is about," said Oliver, who referred to the children affected by the law as "teens" and "high school graduates."

"These high school graduates have to show that their parents have paid taxes for the last three years," Oliver said. "If they're paying income taxes that means they have a job."

"It doesn't mean the kids are illegal," Oliver said. "The parents might be but if the kids were born here, they're U.S. citizens."

Yesterday, Patch reported that five of the seven council members would sign and publicly release a letter calling on county residents to support the effort to force the so-called Maryland Dream Act to referendum on the 2012 ballot. The law allows illegal immigrants to pay in-state tuition rates at community colleges and the University of Maryland.

Quirk, a freshman councilman from Catonsville, said the issue is "a federal issue and somewhat of a state issue."

"I think we should stay out of it," said Quirk. "I don't want the federal or state government stepping into our issues."

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Buzz Beeler June 14, 2011 at 02:19 PM
LA, the person you are referring to claims to speak five languages, served in our U.S. Military and when challenged on any statement he makes his folds up like a cheap chair. Some of his comments have been deleted by Patch for violating terms of use. Anyone who claims to serve their country in the militarily and fails to provide any evidence has no creditability and is a coward. He is immature, condescending and cannot comprehend facts very well. I will not respond to his childish gibberish after he failed to provide evidence of his military service. As I said this person is a coward.
Buzz Beeler June 14, 2011 at 02:29 PM
Stranger are you implying that you and that person who claims to be a veteran are of the same ilk?
judy June 23, 2011 at 12:29 AM
Robert Armstrong June 23, 2011 at 03:54 AM
Buzz, Are you a Veteran? How did you dodge Viet Nam? Inquiring minds want to know.
Buzz Beeler June 23, 2011 at 05:38 AM
I was not in the military. I was a police officer for 39 years and retired in 2005. I received a commendation from the American Legion in the late 60's for my undercover narcotics work. In your own words which are blatantly false, on May 25 at 12:01 you made the following comments: http://essex.patch.com/users/robert-armstrong/comments?page=6 Only a coward would lie about something like this. You have never performed any public service. Why don't you enlighten us about your service in Desert Storm and Grenada based on your claim? According to Google you are non existent. Military.com shows nothing regarding your name. And you wonder why I am against illegal immigration. It is sad when the only way for someone like you to get attention is to lie. I have said enough on this matter. Case closed!


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