Panelists, from left, Michael Hethmon with Immigration Reform Law Institute, Brad Botwin, Moderator, Director of Help Save Maryland, Roy Beck, President of NumbersUSA and Leah Durant, Executive Director of Progressives for Immigration Reform, answer a question on illegal immigration.
By Natalie Neumann
Supporters of Arizona's illegal immigrant law are hoping to gain ground in Maryland.
Nearly 80 members and sympathizers of the anti-illegal immigration group Help Save Maryland gathered in the cafeteria at Wooten High School last night in Rockville, Maryland.
People of all ages and ethnicities: black, white, Asian, and Latino, excitedly discussed the Arizona crackdown on illegal immigrants.
Bridget Faraci was born in the U.S. but her father is Italian and her mother is Ecuadorian and Lebonese. She says her parents became citizens legally and says illegal immigrants cheat the system.
"They shouldn't have the opportunities, the funding, the services, that should only be afforded to citizens of the county," says Faraci.
Faraci says she's often seen as a traitor by other members of the Latino community.
"They think I should immediately agree that it's okay for these illegal aliens to come into our county and have the same rights as citizens," she says.
Faraci commends Arizona for passing an illegal immigrant law and would like to see Maryland adopt one as well.