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Hispanic population grows in Maryland

ANNAPOLIS — People from El Salvador comprise a large portion of Maryland’s growing Hispanic community, census data released Thursday shows.

The U.S. Census Bureau data shows there are 123,789 people from the Central American nation who now live in Maryland, representing 2.1 percent of the state’s population. Hispanics now make up 8.2 percent of the state’s population.

More than half of the state’s growth by about 477,000 people between 2000 and 2010 resulted from increases in the Hispanic population. The new census figures show that 3.4 percent of the state’s Latinos come from Central America, mostly El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. People from Mexico make up about 1.5 percent of Maryland’s population.

People from South American nations make up about 1.1 percent.

Nancy Lyall, legal coordinator with Mexicans Without Borders in Virginia’s Prince William County, said the county’s tough stance on immigration likely contributed to Hispanics moving to Maryland. The county’s immigration policy, which took effect in 2008, requires police to check the legal status of everyone taken into custody for an alleged local or state crime.

“We know a lot of them moved to Alexandria and Arlington, but I’m sure a lot of them also went to Maryland,” Lyall said.

Lyall also noted that Virginia stopped accepting a federal work permit as proof of legal status when obtaining a driver’s license, making it harder for some immigrants to get them.

Bishop Francisco Gonzalez, auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Washington who has been working on Hispanic outreach efforts for about 40 years, said the archdiocese now offers Mass in Spanish at 38 churches on weekends. The archdiocese includes Montgomery and Prince George’s counties in Maryland, where many of the state’s Hispanic residents live.

“The number of Hispanics is increasing in part for two main reasons. They continue to come from Latin America, and second they have larger families then the Anglo-Saxon community, so the numbers increase,” Gonzalez said.

The census also showed a 51 percent increase in the number of people who responded that they are living in same-sex couple relationships over the past decade. There were 16,987 same-sex couples in the state, up from 11,243 in 2000.

“All of the evidence is that the bulk of the increase is due to increased willingness to report on the part of same-sex couples,” said Gary Gates, a demographer with the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law.

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley has said he will sponsor legislation in the 2012 legislative session legalizing same-sex marriage. Gay marriage legislation passed the Maryland Senate this year, but stalled in the House of Delegates.

2 comments

  1. Gee. I wonder why?

  2. Why was Rep. Michele Bachmann exempted from being asked questions on illegal immigration? Her stance on this issue is far above the rest who stood behind their dais in Ames, Iowa? Was this leaving Bachman out of this social issue premeditated? Whether this was the case or not, she strands strong as this uncontrolled illegal immigration invader problem has been ignored by administrations for years. Bachmann will not tolerate any form of Amnesty as President. Every Sanctuary City and state that does not comply by cutting of these ordinances will lose federal funding. It’s been said many times before, that American cannot afford to subsidize Mexico, Central America, Europe, Pacific Rim or other nation; its inhabitants impoverished and desperate illegal immigrants anymore? This illogical problem is crippling America’s economy by the massive payouts for families, which have migrated illegally across our sovereign border.

    Of course open border disciples, business lobbyist will deny the obvious, that this illegal incursion is drowning us in debt—with no end in sight. (FAIR) American Federation of Immigration Reform that of 2009, reported that overall costs to subsidize the illegal alien household was calculated through, federal, State, County and Municipal sources that it was a $113 Billion dollar problem. Federation for American Immigration Reform issued a report in which they estimate the total annual costs of illegal immigration at the federal, state and local level is estimated to be $113 billion combined. The states are bearing the burden of the costs; while the government share is nearly $29 billion, it escalates to $84.2 billion at the state and local level. The annual outlay that illegal aliens cost U.S. taxpayers is an average amount per native-headed household of $1,117. The state-by-state breakdown begins on page 4 of this report at: http://www.fairus.org/site/DocServer/USCostStudy_2010.pdf?docID=4921

    Education for the children of illegal migrants and immigrants constitutes the sole largest outlay to taxpayers, at an annual price tag of nearly $52 billion. Virtually all of those expenses are absorbed by state and local governments. At the federal level, only about one-third of outlays are matched by tax collections from illegal aliens. At the state and local level, an average of less than 5 percent of the public costs is allied with the illegal immigration occupation and recouped through taxes collected from illegal nationals. Nearly all illegal aliens do not pay income taxes; only those who do, much of the revenues collected are refunded to the illegal immigrants when they file tax returns. Many are also claiming tax credits resultant in payments from the U.S. Treasury.

    Please note this is not a static expenditure, but these dollars amounts are raising all the time. Ask yourself, why the Grand Canyon State of Arizona had not choice, but to clamp down against the massive dollar amounts spent to appease illegal alien homesteads How can a small South Western state that is mostly desert, afford to pay out $2 Billion dollars annually for foreigners? Then again– how can Leftist legislators in Sacramento, California, justify taking taxpayer’s money and giving it to illegal aliens when these persons truly don’t exist, other than in ICE enforcement records or Homeland Security? HAS ANY READER THOUGHT OF CHECKING THEIR STATES PAYOUT TO FOREIGN NATIONALS? Although they come here through the magnet of jobs, welfare and each year bring their children. The estimates of 300.000 babies enter via a broken, intermittent border fence, that can no-way be fully enforced without the deployment of troops. Instant citizen for babies is above most payments, is an incredulous cost forced on taxpayers by Liberal judges legislating from their gavel. Because entering America without papers is not a—FELONY—it is essentially a giant hole in the wall, which imports not only millions of illegal aliens, but a massive population of criminals; bringing death, mayhem and ID theft on the unsuspecting citizens and residents.

    As I said in my commentary yesterday, the only way to sever the incentive of jobs (which I never thought I would admit) is issuing every citizen and legal resident a government ID CARD. This could be used to get employed US workers. (8 million illegal aliens have stolen jobs from mostly low income Americans according to reputable sources.) The same official ID card could be presented for voting; instead of the mess we have now, with convicted felons, deceased and illegal aliens, fraudulently using the election process to alter an elections direction. You would also use this federal ID CARD to be checked against other data bases, official birth records to see if you have the right to be issued a driver’s license, vehicle insurance, welfare or other Public entitlements. I shouldn’t gloat over the welfare payouts in California, but it is a self inflicted wound caused by the Liberals in the capitol. California, the Godfather of Sanctuary State has a $19 Billion dollar budget gap, with a staggering cost of $21 Billion $ according to the National Conference of State Legislators in 2009. We must wonder how the welfare costs have escalated in two years in the once Golden State?

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