The owner of Annapolis Painting Services pleaded guilty in federal court yesterday to knowingly employing illegal immigrants and then laundering the proceeds from that unlawful activity.
Robert Bontempo Jr., 47, of Annapolis’ Bay Ridge community, faces up to 15 years in prison and $500,000 in fines when sentenced Sept. 4 in U.S. District Court in Baltimore, where yesterday’s proceedings were held.
“If we want to give law-abiding businesses a fair chance to compete, it is essential that we prosecute employers who profit by hiring illegal aliens off the books,” U.S. Attorney for Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein said in a prepared statement.
Bontempo, who remains free until sentencing, forfeited a large portion of those profits yesterday. Prosecutors said that when Bontempo entered into the plea agreement, he agreed to give up seven homes, 10 vehicles – many of which are used by his painting crews – and more than $26,000 in five separate bank accounts.
Some of the bills would cut off benefits to people who can’t prove they’re in the U.S. Legally. From Mexico, El Salvador and beyond, Maryland’s latino community wants equal rights for all immigrants..Ok right here are they saying that illegals deserve benefits regardless of lack of proper documention ? Angelo Solera, who came to the U.S. 27 years ago from Spain, was in the crowd. “Most people in this country are immigrants. They came at one point or another. All of a sudden the new immigrants, which are latinos, are supposed to be bad and we don’t want them here.”
Solera is now a U.S. Citizen, but knows it could be tougher for those who are trying to follow in his foot steps. Nearly two dozen bills have been filed in the Maryland General Assembly, aimed at cracking down on illegal immigrants. An increasing number of anti-immigration groups have helped put pressure on lawmakers to do something about illegal immigration.
Organizers of events, like the protest in Annapolis, are staying optimistic. “As the evidence of how broken the immigration system is becomes more immediate and direct, we also have many more allies supporting the issues that we’re working on,” said Kim Propeack with Casa de Maryland.
Solera hopes even the toughest critics will look at all sides of the often divisive issue. “We always talk about the latino community and what it is taking from this country. What about the contributions that we are making to this country?”
So are they really saying immigration laws broken we ignore the law look at the contributions they are making ? Other people break the law should we look more their contributions instead of the actual crimes ?http://www.wjla.com/news/stories/0208/49…
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — In an online Spanish language chat room, people from all over the East Coast seek tips on how to get driver’s licenses in Maryland even though they don’t live there.
Businesses run classified ads in Spanish-language publications in Washington, D.C., Virginia and Maryland urging “undocumented Hispanic friends” to take advantage of the opportunity to get Maryland ID without having to prove they’re in the country legally.
In one case, Maryland motor vehicle officials say, 68 different people applying for licenses and IDs gave the same address for an 800-square-foot home in Baltimore.
Maryland is one of just four states – and the only one east of the Mississippi – where people don’t have to prove they’re legal U.S. residents to get driver’s licenses. Some lawmakers are pushing to change that this year, arguing that Maryland’s rules make it a target for fraud by undocumented people from all over the U.S.
But advocates here and in other states with similar rules – Hawaii, New Mexico and Washington – argue that allowing illegal immigrants to get state-issued identification gives police broader databases to use when investigating crimes and increases the rate of auto insurance coverage.
“It makes the streets safer for all of us,” said Delegate Jolene Ivey, a Democrat from Prince George’s County who supports continued access to Maryland licenses for undocumented residents.
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I just saw this on Fox News in Baltimore:
Tonight in Annapolis, demonstrators are expected to show their support for a bill that would allow illegal immigrants to pay in-state tuition at Maryland colleges. But, there’s another bill under consideration that would prohibit illegal immigrants from getting a drivers license in the state
Will there be more traffic accidents if we give the illegal license? Do you think it’s fair to give these benefits to the illegals?
I know it it illegal but why???
i want to use one for an ignition system for a spud gun, and i don’t know if i can use it or not, i would be disassembling it, and i also realize the i can use a grill sparker and the electronic one’s that has a rapid repeat function.