Maryland Gov. O`Malley Jails Immigration Reform Patriot
As richly rewarding as it was to witness New York Governor Eliot
Spitzer`s collapse, another larger rat is still scurrying
Maryland Governor Martin O`Malley is even more passionately
enamored with illegal immigrants and more contemptuous of
What`s brought O`Malley`s love affair with illegal aliens
into the spotlight is the sad and curious case of Walter
Abbott—a small businessman driven out of business by
competitors who hired
cheap labor immigrants. Abbot is now under home detention
pending prosecution for an email protest he sent to O`Malley.
During the two years in which the governor`s office ignored
Abbott`s pleas for economic justice, the state—with O`Malley`s
blessing—indirectly funded day labor centers through its
financial support of
CASA de Maryland, a radical left-wing, pro-illegal alien
Among the other
subversive activities, CASA de Maryland instructs illegal
aliens on how to skirt immigration law and thereby remain in the
country to take jobs away from Americans. And it operates at
six day labor centers throughout Maryland.
Here`s more background:
- Walter Abbott is a 44-year-old married
Baltimore man with two children who owned a once successful
But as Maryland became more receptive to illegal immigrants
residents call the state the "number one destination in
America for aliens"), Abbott gradually lost jobs. Builders
preferred unlicensed subcontractors whose labor pool
included illegal aliens over legitimate, taxpaying businesses
like Walter`s slowly drained away his trade. Where Walter used
to get $5-8 per sheet to
hang drywall, the illegals did it for as little as $2.
lost his business, his house and ended up little more than a
handyman doing odd jobs to support his family.
CASA de Maryland is far from the docile
organization its name suggests. "CASA" does not mean
"home", as you might assume, but rather "Central
American Solidarity Association".
Under the direction of the extremist Colombian
Gustavo Torres, the organization specifically aids and abets
illegal immigration. Among other things, CASA has published a
pamphlet (see it
here) for aliens telling them that, if they are questioned
by immigration authorities,
they should not cooperate. CASA recommends instead that
aliens carry a card demanding a lawyer.
But because it also provides, largely as a cover, "gang
intervention" and "HIV
testing" services, the mainstream media routinely refers
to CASA as a benign "humanitarian" group. [Immigration
Debate Focuses on $2 million in Tax Money Going to Aid Group,
By Jason Flanagan, Baltimore Sun, March 31, 2008]
Interestingly, humanitarianism was not one of the subjects
covered in a panel discussion entitled "United States: A
Possible Revolution?" convened last year in Venezuela and
attended by Torres. Rather, the subject was how to "take
power" from the American government and place it into
anarchist`s hands. (Read the summary from the radical The
Torres has contempt for
patriotic Americans. About the Maryland Minutemen who were
(legally) photographing aliens being hired by local contractors,
Torres said this: “We are going to picket their houses,
and the schools of their kids, and go to their work."
Judicial Watch, a non-partisan group that promotes
accountability and integrity in government, has collected and is
reviewing several boxes of documents relating to CASA`s
pro-illegal immigration activities. Its president
Tom Fitton told me: "CASA`s true agenda falls well
outside of U.S. immigration law."
Gov. Martin O`Malley, an illegal immigration
advocate who condones the
state`s policy of issuing driver`s licenses to
O`Malley insists that state funding for CASA is essential
for Maryland`s well-being and calls it "a required duty."
for CASA Needed, Officials Say, by Jason Flanagan,
Baltimore Sun, April 2, 2008]
I talked to Brad Botwin, director of
Help Save Maryland. Botwin called
Maryland`s funding of CASA an "outrageous" use of his
tax dollars and an abuse of its
501(c)(3) status. Botwin further noted to me that
Maryland recently passed the largest tax increase in its
history, yet still did not have money for important Chesapeake
Bay projects. Botwin added that CASA "is about to move into a
multimillion dollar headquarters."
Events that have boiled over during the past few days.
Abbott, frustrated at a dramatic drop in his income (he
earned $22,000 last year), had grown exasperated after e-mailing
state and federal officials demanding that
someone take action to end the illegal immigration invasion.
The only answers Abbott received were automatic,
On March 11, when Abbott and his wife testified before the
Maryland House Judiciary Committee about illegal immigration`s
impact on his life. One observer tells me he was treated with
According to attendee Paul Mendez, also a member of Help
Save Maryland, Committee Chairman Joe Vallario (e-mail)
and delegates Ben Barnes (e-mail)
and Salvadoran-born Victor Ramirez (e-mail)
consistently suggested that "enforcing immigration law"
is akin to
and that "the alternative to giving illegals social
services and in-state tuition is
rounding up and deporting everyone on the street who looked
What was now crystal clear to Abbott: not only was no one in
authority going to enforce immigration law, but also no one
cared anything about him, his family or their plight.
On or about March 18, Abbott went to his computer and,
using his real name, address and phone number, logged on to
Maryland state website where comments are solicited and,
according to his attorney Arthur Frank, sent an e-mail message
to Governor O`Malley.
Indicating that unfair competition created by an illegal
alien work force was the source of his personal and professional
reversals, Abbott wrote, in part, to O`Malley that he blames:
"No good f-cking government . . . pieces of
sh-t like you. If I ever get close enough to you I will rap my
hands around your throat and strangle the life out from you.
This will solve many problems for true Americans . . ."
[VDARE.COM note: We censor
this language not because we`re prudes, particularly, but
because the full version will increase our problems with web
quite serious enough.]
Frank told me that Abbott wrote in the conclusion to his e-mail
that he considered O`Malley to be an American sell-out
piece of sh-t, hoping that he (O`Malley) drops dead before "I
Finally, Abbott got O`Malley`s attention.
But not in the way he hoped
Within hours, state troopers arrested Abbott. His bail was
set at $2 million—arguably a violation of the
Eighth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, prohibits
Note that an El Salvador native and known
MS-13 gang member charged with conspiracy to commit murder
was released on $2,500 bail pending his trial—to which he
never showed up. For other egregious examples of preposterously
low bails set for violent felons, go
Abbott spent four nights in jail before he was released on
home detention, where he now remains.
Frank explained Abbott`s case to me as follows:
"I don`t fault
the Governor`s office for at least checking the e-mail incident
out to see if there was a real threat or danger. That`s what
`Executive Protection` does.
"But once officials saw that Mr.
Abbott is just an angry citizen venting out about public policy
and not a legitimate threat, that should have been the end of
"Mr. Abbott would be the first
one to say he regrets making such strong comments and that it
could have been said in a better way. But he was frustrated and
simply vented out with nothing more than words. No one involved
in the case could possibly say that this was a real and
legitimate threat. It would be almost impossible for anyone to
even get that close to any Governor to actually strangle him or
"The Court ordered a
psychiatric evaluation. The State`s own doctor indicates
that Mr. Abbott suffers from `no mental disorder,` that he
should not be held `criminally responsible` in this case, and
that Mr. Abbott is not assessed to be a danger to
Governor O`Malley or anyone else. This, under normal
circumstances, should just end the case and charges against Mr.
"To hold otherwise would be to
suppress a citizen`s most basic and fundamental right to the
exercise of free speech."
I spoke to Abbott earlier this week. Here`s what he said:
"When I look at young children on
the playground, I wonder what their future holds.
guess they don`t care because no one answered me."
Everyone agrees—Abbott most of all—that the vulgar and
threatening language he used in his e-mail is wrong.
Probably the real mistake Abbott made was using his full name
and current address (in itself proof that his threat was merely
rhetorical). Abbott told me that the arresting officers said
that O`Malley gets hundreds of similar mails every month. None,
however, have accurate personal information.
None of the
VDARE.COM Editorial Collective endorse violence in any form
or fashion, at any time. But the sentiments about illegal
immigration`s devastating impact on American workers Abbott
expressed to O`Malley—figuratively but too explicitly—are not
Abbott`s comments, taken symbolically, represent a courageous
expression of what we all feel about government`s failure to act
on behalf of Americans and against illegal immigration.
Who really knows what it`s like to be Abbott who has seen his
income plunge, his business teeter and his family burdened with
the emotional weight of it all?
The day I spoke to Abbott was his 25th wedding
anniversary. He and his wife had saved for years for a
Maui vacation—a trip they won`t be making because of his
There`s still hope for a positive outcome.
Frank told me that Abbott`s case could go away if O`Malley
instructed the state`s attorney to drop the charges.
If that doesn`t happen, Frank is confident that Abbott will
prevail in court.
My view: Not only should the state drop the charges but
O`Malley should also follow up with an invitation to meet Abbott
personally. Whatever Abbott has to say about illegal
immigration and American workers, O`Malley should want to
Such an outreach would be the
sign of a true leader—something O`Malley is not.
And a compassionate act toward an aggrieved citizen might
help O`Malley where he needs it the most—at the polls.
approval rating is in George W. Bushville, a place no
politician wants to be.
In the meantime, O`Malley may want to look to the west and to
the north at the once glorious careers of his fellow Democrats
from California and New York, the now infamous
Gray Davis and
Spitzer, abruptly unseated governors who also loved illegal
aliens and promoted driver`s licenses for them.
To O`Malley, 2010 may seem like a long way off.
But many Maryland voters are counting the days until they can
vote him out of office.
(Email sent to Abbott
here will be forwarded)
Joe Guzzardi [e-mail
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In addition, he is an English teacher at the Lodi Adult School and has
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