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Anti-illegal Immigrant Activists vs. Vallario

Del. Joseph F. Vallario Jr., the Prince George's County Democrat who has long chaired the House Judiciary Committee, has been targeted all session by activists fighting illegal immigration in Maryland. A YouTube video clip featuring Vallario speaking at a recent immigrant rights rally has been circulating. In it, the son of Italian immigrants is chastised as a friend of CASA of Maryland, a Silver Spring-based immigrant rights group.

Last week, things got really ugly at a hearing in the committee on several bills to deny rights to illegal immigrants.

Susan Payne of Montgomery County had distributed a flier modeled on a "wanted" poster, featuring a doctored photo of Vallario wearing a large sombrero. "Wanted for Aiding & Abetting," it was headlined, and it called him a CASA "Hero." Many on the committee, including the chairman, said the flier crossed a line.

Payne, founder of the Maryland Coalition for Immigration Reform, has made frequent appearances before legislative committees this year to speak on a number of anti-immigrant bills.

Vallario said he was disgusted by the flier and testimony and told Payne that she was no longer welcome to testify. "I just would not pass out this propaganda. It was intended to intimidate, harass and ridicule," he said.

Payne said she left the hearing room in anger.

"Mr. Vallario censored me," Payne said. "He did not want people to know the kind of pandering he's been doing to CASA." She called the flier a "political cartoon."

By Anne Bartlett  |  March 17, 2008; 10:08 AM ET
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While no fan of Vallario, I support his actions in this case. Susan Pain is not trying to participate in civil discourse, she is out to incite hostility.

Her misguided hatred has no place in Maryland, let alone an Annapolis hearing room.

I believe Jesus himself taught the golden rule - whatever you do for the least of my brothers, you do for me. Ms. Pain would have packed-up our savior and shipped him back to Egypt.

You must first have values before you preach them.

Posted by: PG'er | March 17, 2008 11:36 AM | Report abuse

This seems to be a violation of Ms. Payne's First Amendment rights. She should seek council to see if she can pursue action.

"I believe Jesus himself taught the golden rule - whatever you do for the least of my brothers, you do for me"

Um, no. The golden rule is do unto others as you would have others do unto you.

I'm sure that the governments of the countries the illegal immigrants come from take a pretty dim view of illegal immigrants in their country, they should understand that we do the same here.

Posted by: Aw, Vallario got his feelings hurt. | March 17, 2008 12:22 PM | Report abuse

Matthew 35:40
'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.'

I hope the immigration authorities at the pearly gates don't have the same contempt and self-righteousness towards you as you seem to have for people trying to find a better life for themselves and their family.

Posted by: PG'er | March 17, 2008 12:31 PM | Report abuse

Political cartoons have been around since 1776. But this is the first time a Committee Chairman has been turned deaf by one.

Posted by: Pin cushion | March 17, 2008 2:55 PM | Report abuse

First of all, these criminals are not illegal immigrants, they are illegal aliens. Illegal alien is the correct and legal word for these people, who have NOT been given permission to enter the United States. Thus, the Washington Post would do well to use the correct legal definitions when writing on this subject. Second, those of us who were in the hearing room know the script of these paid lobbyists from the ACLU, Central American Solidarity Association (CASA), and others. . . . that is, to keep pushing legislation through the halls of Annapolis with as little notice as possible. Their hope is that citizens will NOT come to the State House so that they can continue to bleed the taxpayer into submission. Their fear is that some citizen will create a dust up that might draw the press into revealing how our elected leaders are pandering to the illegal aliens.


Those of us who have been working to save our state from becoming a total sanctuary for illegal criminals know the score when it comes to lawmakers and lawbreakers. CASA's paid lobbyists have a simple goal, to weaken American citizenship, and lower the quality of life for Marylanders to the third world standards from whence the illegals come.


However, these efforts are often discriminatory, and we have witnessed many racist remarks. . . served up by those who support CASA, not the other way around. Victor Ramirez is a perfect example of race baiting and then crying victim.


CASA usually testifies against English as our official language, for in-state tuition for illegals, and for giving drivers licenses to illegal aliens. Their motives are simple, as any lobbyist organization, the more tax money they can get, the more job security they will attain. Their positions often reflect a calculated attempt to eventually eliminate any legal distinctions between legal and illegal aliens, and make those who willfully violate our Federal laws on par with American citizens.


Those "day laborers" are little more than CASA's useful idiots.


The illegal alien rally held on Feb.25 of this year, was not only hate filled, but gave a glimpse into the kind of world the illegals would like for Americans, a country not only in violation of our Constitution, but filled with censorship and an encroaching dictatorship. Vallario is obviously embarrassed and ashamed that he has been caught on film pandering to the illegals, and is willing to violate the first amendment in order to keep hidden his agenda. In response to his behavior, I am filing tomorrow an ethics complaint against both Vallario and Ramirez.


America has experienced waves of immigration in its history, but never has she allowed herself to be manipulated by the illegal, mostly literate, peasants of the third world. Such a course is destined for tragic consequences, and Maryland must resist these attempts on all levels.


To do otherwise, is to turn our backs on every patriot who ever fought to defend our Constitution, as well as require the citizens to fund their own destruction.


CASA prepares racist comic books instructing illegals how NOT to cooperate with law enforcement, and demands rights for illegals through taxpayer funding and subsidies. Yet, when exposed, their quick response is to fabricate and run for cover.


CASA knows that its influence with elected officials is dwindling, and they are in a panic, often resorting to personal attacks to defend what are clearly indefensible positions. Those of us who love this country, and this state, know cowards when we see them. Vallario, and his aiding and abetting gang aren't fooling anyone but themselves.

Posted by: Citizen Payne | March 17, 2008 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Citizen Pain: I don't know what country you live in, but it certainly is not the one I live in. Don't equate your acute xenophobia with patriotism or law enforcement. It is plainly racism and redlining.

The lilly-white America you dream of doesn't exist. Never has. The country you desire, like a restricted country-club, has nothing to offer most Americans who are not swept-up in this ethnic-cleansing hysteria created to divert our attention to the true problems of our country.

Your 15 minutes is almost up, thank goodness.

Posted by: Anonymous | March 17, 2008 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Susan Payne does not speak for me. We won't round up and deport 12 million people to Latin America - not enough data, not enough enforcement, not enough jails, not enough transportation, not enough jobs in their home countries to keep people from starving. We need a solution that brings these people into the mainstream and provides them a path to citizenship. They work hard and they've risked a great deal to get here. Our economy relies on them regardless of what blowhards like Lou Dobbs say. Many have children who are American citizens.

Delegate Vallario made the correct call. Susan Payne can take her xenephobic politics somewhere else.

Posted by: Karl Shipps | March 17, 2008 6:03 PM | Report abuse

Vallario and his merry bandits, who masquerade as elected officials, have been caught on tape and by the citizens. Yeah!! It is about time the ethnic cleansing being practiced by Mexico and other Latin countries was exposed for what it is. These criminal aliens are not hard working valuable pieces of our society, but rather parasites sent by marxists to cripple America. If these predators were so great, how come their own countries don't want them back, and why aren't they paid more? Cut off the benefits, the jobs, and the drivers licenses and they'll go back where they came from. Even a dog doesn't stick around where it isn't wanted.

Posted by: Joe Gringo | March 17, 2008 7:03 PM | Report abuse


That flyer does appear to be a bit over the top. However, I think Delegate Vallario is himself a bit over the top.

Ms Payne should probably be advised by more level-headed counsel before the starts handing out cartoons.

Yet Delegate Vallario is possibly overstepping the bounds when he tells her she's no longer welcome to testify. For one, I'm not entirely sure that he's legally entitled to prohibit a witness from testifying, absent some sort of criminal conviction or other comparable action proceeding from the bench of a duly constituted court.

In any case, it is rather difficult for me to attempt to make an case whatsoever in defense of CASA of Maryland, or its defenders and enablers who happen to presently occupy elected positions of public responsibility and office. CASA is, after all, openly in the business of subverting the Rule of Law as regards illegal immigration to the USA.

CASA does serve some legitimate functions, but those mostly are comprised within their aggressive pursuit of absconding employers, people who hire day-laborers and then stiff them for their pay. Outside of that, they worry me as much, and for about the same reasons, as the French in 1940 ought to have been worried about people pandering to the Germans during the invasion.

Perhaps my own comparison seems a bit over the top, but on the other hand, if these panderers can influence an elected official to refuse to hear the complaints of a voting citizen of the great State of Maryland, that itself is over the top, and simply unacceptable.

Posted by: Thomas Hardman | March 17, 2008 8:21 PM | Report abuse

I'm not worried about the 12 million here if they obey our laws. I'm worried about the next 12 million illegals. Vallario was upset because he was caught on tape pandering.

Posted by: the next 12 million | March 17, 2008 8:41 PM | Report abuse

Vallario has been pandering to the criminal element for far too long. A wanted poster is the perfect illustration for Pandering Joe. Aiding and Abetting is a crime, and he is wanted by the taxpayers of this state. It is time for the citizens to stand up for their rights and tell the illegals to pack up for home.

Posted by: Pandering Joe | March 18, 2008 12:11 AM | Report abuse

What good does pandering to illegal aliens do for a politician. They cannot vote. The accusation does not make any sense.

Of course, it makes sense to enforce immigration laws, and the only way to do that is to fully fund law enforcement.

However, it is also (or it used to be) a truly American virtue...to reach out and help those less fortunate...even entire war-torn nations. We were once known for that kindness and strength. Its just the Christian thing to do.

We've kind of lost our place in the world...its gonna take a lot to get back to the top, I fear.

Posted by: Donny | March 18, 2008 1:54 PM | Report abuse

If you think illegal aliens aren't voting, think again. Just ask yourself who voted in owe'malley!!

Posted by: enforcement now | March 18, 2008 10:53 PM | Report abuse

Politicians take hits from constituents every day. Vallario sounds a little thin-skinned who seems to forget he isn't everyone's favorite son and not everyone will have good things to say about him.

There's a person who posts regularly on these comments forums who says he's an illgal immigrant legal assistant working in a Montgomer County law office that doesn't to check work elgibilty documents.

Politicians sometimes enlist the aid of outside counsel for difficult matters. Vallario should be more concerned about who he might be doing business with than political cartoons that "hurt his feelings."

Posted by: Junes_reston | March 19, 2008 6:19 AM | Report abuse

"I'm not worried about the 12 million here if they obey our laws. I'm worried about the next 12 million illegals."....

Posted by: the next 12 million | March 17, 2008 08:41 PM

You should be worried about the 12 million here, they are not obeying our laws. I hope soon the States will finally step up to the plate and pass the Oklahoma or Arizona Immigration Laws. It's time for these ILLEGAL ALIENS to get out of our Country and back in their own country, and take their little ANCHORS with them.

Posted by: Delaware Bob | March 19, 2008 11:27 PM | Report abuse

Winners: agri-business, poultry business, lawn care business or just about any service industry. Not paying benifits: agri-business, poultry business, lawn care business or services industry (read business). Covering the added costs: You, me and every other U.S. citizen or legal resident. To vote in Maryland: valid drivers' license and address. By the way, Maryland allows illegal aliens to apply for and receive drivers licenses. Would they break the law and vote? No way! and look, here comes the Easter Bunny!

Posted by: Mike Wood | March 23, 2008 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Vallario's comic poster is no more offensive as the VIVA OBAMA video used to pander to Mexicans....with Mariachi band singing in Spanish (or the Mexican street version of it) asking for free health care and other benefits. Apparently, both Vallario and Obama are delusional and seem to think that their duties as elected officials somehow mandates them to pander and to assist foreign nationals living illegally in our nation. They both need to get a clue and realize just who the VOTERS and legal Constituents are....hint...we are American citizens and their loyalty is to US. Any elected official in the U.S. who panders or wastes taxpayer paid time in aiding/abetting/assisting illegal aliens is violating their oath of office and should be removed from their office...VOTE THEM ALL OUT.

Posted by: legalatina | March 25, 2008 11:57 AM | Report abuse

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