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Brad Botwin: Noble Of The Week

By Greg L | 15 February 2009 | Illegal Aliens | 17 Comments

My more northern counterpart Brad Botwin of Help Save Maryland got some major kudos from the Washington Times today in being named “Noble of the Week”.  His herculean efforts to improve his community in spite of outright hostility from state and local elected officials in Maryland are making a difference, and I’m thrilled to see Brad get the recognition that so rarely is given to community advocates when they’re not part and parcel of the liberal left.  Great job Brad, and let’s hope the progress in Maryland continues.

Noble:; Brad Botwin of Help Save Maryland, for his Herculean efforts to force local officials in Montgomery County, Md., to take a more serious approach to dealing with criminal behavior by illegal aliens - efforts which have begun to bear fruit.

For years, elected Montgomery County officials have preened about their “progressive” political views, even making the county an official sanctuary for illegal aliens and banning county employees (most prominently police and corrections officials) from cooperating with federal immigration authorities. But after several recent arrests of illegal aliens in high-profile murder cases of constituents, local politicians and police realized this sanctuary policy was politically (if not morally) indefensible. So, last week, Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett and Police Chief Thomas Manger announced that county police will start providing federal immigration authorities with the names of all suspects they arrest for violent crimes and handgun violations.

How darn nice of them.

Other local jurisdictions like neighboring Frederick County, Md. have officers undergo special training on immigration enforcement and turn over the names of illegal immigrants arrested for any crime - violent or otherwise. Mr. Botwin and others ask very sensibly: Why shouldn’t illegal aliens arrested for burglary or drug trafficking also be subject to deportation? And why shouldn’t illegal aliens involved in embezzlement, credit-card fraud or receiving stolen goods be turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement? And what about hoodlums carrying knives or machetes? (Illegal aliens arrested in the Nov. 1 murder of an honor student on a country transit bus had been arrested on charges linked to carrying a machete and carrying a switchblade.)

The new Montgomery County policy is just a modest step in the right direction, but even this might not have taken place if it weren’t for the work of Mr. Botwin, a federal employee who spends much of his free time working to make Montgomery County’s policies more sensible.

Last month, his group won a meeting with Mr. Leggett to discuss the county’s permissive policies toward illegals - something that would have been unthinkable a year ago. To the extent that the county is making any progress in the right direction, the public can thank Mr. Botwin.

For working to change Montgomery County’s absurdly permissive approach toward illegals, Brad Botwin is the Noble of the Week.



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17 Comments

  1. es_la_ley said on 15 Feb 2009 at 3:53 pm:
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    Last month, his group won a meeting with Mr. Leggett to discuss the county’s permissive policies toward illegals..

    Won!? I guess that’s how they do things in the People’s Republic. :-)

    Good work Mr. Botwin!

  2. Cynic said on 15 Feb 2009 at 10:30 pm:
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    Yes, he is doing a great job. Has the liberals unset; has the illegals upset. And, they are so upset that they send “spies” to the HSM meetings.

  3. Johnson said on 15 Feb 2009 at 10:41 pm:
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    Keep up the good work, sir. It’s nice to see a fellow fed stick his neck out.

  4. Maureen said on 16 Feb 2009 at 6:16 am:
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    Brad is a great guy and I’m proud to know him! HSM has come a long way and has made inroads into the state and local governments. Congratulations Brad.

  5. DPortM said on 16 Feb 2009 at 9:09 am:
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    Good work, Brad. Congrats!

    FYI for those of you who bank at Chevy Chase, you might want to move your accounts to a bank that does not accept matricular consular ID cards, like TD Bank (f/k/a Commerce Bank)…

    http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=88994

  6. Arlington Minority said on 16 Feb 2009 at 10:17 am:
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    DPortM, you’ve identified yet another noble, Arlingtonian Albert Thompson, who resigned from his teller position at Chevy Chase in protest over the Bank’s decision to accept these bogus Mexican government issued ID cards.

  7. John Kerry said on 17 Feb 2009 at 2:28 am:
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    DPortM, why would you want to move your accounts from Chevy Chase to TD? Just wait a few days and they’ll be the same bank, anyway. In fact, the banks are the ultimate source of our illegals. Capish? Got ammo?

  8. DPortM said on 17 Feb 2009 at 6:04 am:
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    John Kerry,

    I researched local banks to find one that did not accept the matricular consular ID card and moved my accounts to Commerce Online (now TD Bank). I closed all credit card accounts with any bank that aid and abet illegal aliens. You can go to boycottbankofamerica.com to find out who does and does not accept these cards.

  9. Cynic said on 17 Feb 2009 at 9:38 am:
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    boycottbankofamerica.com

    DPortM, Thank you for that info.

  10. DPortM said on 17 Feb 2009 at 11:19 am:
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    correction “aids and abets illegal aliens”

    Cynic - you are most welcome…

  11. Anonymous said on 18 Feb 2009 at 10:12 am:
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    DPortM said on 17 Feb 2009 at 6:04 am: Flag comment

    John Kerry,
    You can go to boycottbankofamerica.com to find out who does and does not accept these cards.

    Not at the above site. Not interested in dating services. :)

  12. DPortM said on 18 Feb 2009 at 12:15 pm:
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    I am so sorry - it is bankofamericaboycott.com. My sincere apologies.

  13. Anonymous said on 20 Feb 2009 at 9:59 am:
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    DPortM said on 18 Feb 2009 at 12:15 pm: Flag comment

    I am so sorry - it is bankofamericaboycott.com. My sincere apologies.

    No apology needed. Very intersting site! :)

  14. Anonymous said on 20 Feb 2009 at 10:41 am:
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    Interesting that the First CITIZENS Bank accepts the Mexican ID.
    Maybe they should change their name to First CITIZENS & ILLEGALS Bank. :)

    http://www.firstcitizens.com/locations/search.php?city=manassas&state=VA&zip=&display=all&Submit=Search

  15. Cynic said on 20 Feb 2009 at 1:23 pm:
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    I looked at the list or a list. I did not see BB&T listed. I would guess that they accept the illegal ID’s. I am not going to deal with any bank that does accept them - if that is possible - especially after the banks become nationalized.

  16. DPortM said on 22 Feb 2009 at 6:59 am:
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    BB&T does accept matricula consular ID cards.

  17. Taco Truck Ted said on 24 Feb 2009 at 8:06 pm:
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    I’m honored that Brad is a friend of mine! He is the best!

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