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WATCH: Filmmaker Engages Protesters in Illegal Immigration Discussion

A film screening at Carroll Community College had people talking about illegal immigration this week.

DREAM Act advocates protested a screening of the film They Come to America, hosted by a local offshoot of the tea party, at Carroll Community College Tuesday evening.

We the People of Carroll County hosted filmmaker Dennis M. Lynch, who is on a 50-city tour to promote his film , which according to Lynch's website "focuses on the human and financial costs of illegal immigration."

A handful of protesters attended the film screening and then joined fellow protesters outside the Scott Center.

We the People Chairperson Michelle Jefferson said that the issue at hand is the fact that people are breaking the law when they are here illegally and should not receive special consideration, including college tuition rates.

"We didn't cause this problem, but we're paying for it in higher taxes, in services that are being drained and jobs that are being lost," Jefferson said. "It isn't fair."

Andrew Castro is a member of the ANSWER Coalition, an organization that supports the Maryland DREAM Act. The DREAM Act allows high-performing, undocumented immigrant students to attend college locally while paying in-state tuition rates.

"We believe that the film is intended to spread misinformation about immigrants coming to the United States," Castro said. "We feel it’s spreading a lot of racist lies and distorting the truth of immigrants who come to this country. We’re here to challenge that."

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Kathy August 13, 2012 at 04:42 PM
Yes. Why don't the presidential candidates bother to campaign in Maryland? Because they know the state will go to Obama, just like they know Texas will go for Romney. The votes of the other party in those states are not heard. Why should someone who gets 51% of a state get 100% of the vote. The purpose of the EC was because the Founding Fathers did not trust the people to decide an election. I think we should have that right.
Kathy August 13, 2012 at 07:46 PM
Oh dear. You have unmasked my evil plan to fundamentally transform and destroy America. You are too smart for me. I should have known better than to try and fool someone brilliant enough to read Wikipedia as a source for the Federalist papers.
Kathy August 13, 2012 at 10:15 PM
I have broken my own rule, and wasted too much time arguing with . . . but name calling and insulting is not my style. (I wish it was.) Good luck to you. If it makes you feel better that you somehow think you are getting the better of anyone with your arguments and "facts", then I am happy for you. I hope you get everything you want out of these little diatribes.
Buck Harmon August 13, 2012 at 10:45 PM
I find it interesting that none of the serious local Tea Party members step up to the plate regarding this issue. Perhaps JoAnn and amdactivist have thoroughly embarrassed the group with repeated silliness in these rants. Or maybe they are all like this....who knows? I would certainly not want them on my team fighting for any cause.... they drive people with much to offer away. Note to Westminster Tea Party: Are these two spokespeople the best that you have to offer?
Kathy August 13, 2012 at 11:00 PM
Buck--I have considered attending a meeting--despite what SOME people think I am in sympathy with many of their goals. But after this experience I feel like if I said anything I would be jumped all over by people who are not looking for intelligent give and take but for an opportunity to make themselves feel proud of having a "gotcha" moment. Even if such a moment comes from their own interpretation (and possibly misunderstanding) of an historical document. It is like trying to debate a middle school student who just replies "Duh!" to everything you say--frustrating and futile. But I do have a few friends who are active in the Tea Party and they are not like this--they are intelligent and civil and respectful of other ideas and a pleasure to speak to. I hope that you get to meet some of them.
Buck Harmon August 13, 2012 at 11:08 PM
Thanks Kathy, It's good to know that there is still hope for common ground...
Kathy August 14, 2012 at 12:21 AM
There is a difference between "you're" and "your," As in "you're" rude and insulting with "your" childish insults.
amdactivist August 14, 2012 at 12:32 AM
i can tell. why are people so rude and humiliating .. Can't they see they make their own self look like idiots? Did i spell that ok for ya kathy.. joanne. how do i unsubscribe from this page? just a waste of time.
amdactivist August 14, 2012 at 12:34 AM
kathy ,, they are intelligent, civil and respectful like you are? geez..You wouldn't know tea party if it smacked ya in the face. They are a bit more intelligent and not demeaning.
Buck Harmon August 14, 2012 at 01:02 AM
Now you are showing the true colors ...I understand why you don't ..can't use your real name. The lack of education demonstrated with most of your comments is very revealing. When you lose a debate, like JoAnn, the only thing left to do is childish name calling and silly comments. You have surrendered to this topic as well. Not very good at the activism "thingy" are you? I accept your surrender.
Buck Harmon August 14, 2012 at 01:13 AM
The "Real" Tea Party was effective as history has demonstrated....the new wannabe Tea Party can't even come up with an original name for the mission, let alone have educated members as spokespeople that are smart enough to engage in meaningful debate with hope for solutions. Tag along tea party has dropped the ball with members like you guys. What a bunch of goofs..!
Buck Harmon August 14, 2012 at 01:17 AM
I'm pretty sure that this comment from local Tea Party spokesperson amdactivist has violated Patch policy.....another devolved debate due to lack of education.
Buck Harmon August 14, 2012 at 01:20 AM
You have surrendered JoAnn....the comments that you make no longer count.... keep struggling with it though...
Buck Harmon August 14, 2012 at 01:50 AM
You should read "Piercing the Illusion", by John Baptist Kotmair,Jr. sometime JoAnn. A very educational publication that I believe every American citizen should indulge in. I educate myself regarding the Constitution and our Constitutional public in ways that you probably can't imagine. I do believe that some of the rants put forth by you do a dis service to those that have truly committed to the fight to maintain our Constitutional Republic. You can educate without the harsh attitude toward anyone that questions your opinion. If you were mature with your knowledge of the Constitution, more would listen...the silliness is very limiting.
Buck Harmon August 14, 2012 at 01:58 AM
JoAnn, Aruuing with you is a lot like arguing with some liberals. It's like playing chess with a pigeon; no matter how good I am at chess, the pigeonis just going to knock over all of the pieces, crap on the board, and strut around like it's victorious....have a great evening.
Kathy August 14, 2012 at 02:02 AM
I used to have a parrot that could recite relatively complex sentences. Of course, he couldn't understand what he was saying, but he was quire amusing for a while. Unfortunately he would eventually grate on one's nerves and we had to put a blanket over his cage to calm him down.
Kathy August 14, 2012 at 11:06 AM
If the Tea Party stuck to their core values of limited government and free enterprise, they would be a force to be reckoned with. The message of personal responsibility resonates with a lot of Americans. But when they start campaigning on divisive social issues, shrieking their lungs out about phony controversies, voicing an endless stream of complaints about how unfairly they are treated by the government and the mainstream media, and trying to blame all their problems on a convenient slate of villains: unions, women, scientists, Muslims, Planned Parenthood, Obama, liberals, immigrants, etc., — that’s when they lose credibility.
Kathy August 14, 2012 at 11:10 AM
So chatter on all you want, "JoAnn" (if you have the courage to use your real name) and amdactivist (who obviously doesn't). In the end, the Tea Party is going to be a footnote in history like the Know-Nothings and the Bull Moose Party.
amdactivist August 14, 2012 at 11:18 AM
http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/other/president_obama_job_approval-1044.html
Kathy August 14, 2012 at 11:45 AM
I have tea party friends, that doesn't mean I agree with everything they believe in. I am able to be friends who people don't agree in lockstep with everything I do. If you think that I am a radical leftist--I can't stop laughing as I write that--then obviously your politics are so far to the right that Nixon and Regan would be radical leftists. And anyone with a 6th grade education could read that I am not saying that my friends will be footnotes in history, but the Tea Party. Not that I necessarily want this--but it is inevitable. Call me a rat all you want--it is mild compared to some of the insults that you throw around. And now I am done wasting my time on this. Good bye.
Buck Harmon August 14, 2012 at 12:29 PM
Was that the pigeon or the parrot speaking this time JoAnn? You are in fact a detriment to the Carroll County version of a Tea Party. Thanks for pulling the blanket off of the cage Kathy...
Buck Harmon August 14, 2012 at 01:08 PM
You need to learn how to post links that actually work JoAnn, I had a conversation with several of your percieved Tea Party friends and got the scoop on the way that you are really viewed by this failing group. You hurt the cause more than you help it and they seem to feel that they would be better off without you. I tend to agree with them. Such a mean and nasty spirit can serve no good to any cause other than to destroy. Keep up the good work!
Buck Harmon August 14, 2012 at 02:24 PM
I have questioned Jefferson's motives just as I question yours, If you consider that assault in the narrow mind focus projected through your pointless rants, then I would agree that both of you are of the same negative,ill tempered mold. The Tea Party suffers as a result. You my dear are behaving like a cornered rat in this case. To continue responding to an evil spirit is an effort in vain on my part, so I will leave you to wallow in your own stuff at this point. Good luck to you JoAnn.
Raj Madan August 22, 2012 at 04:10 AM
No one looks into the abuse by indian IT companies and H1B workers. Qualified American are available and without job. These companies only hire cheap indians from india. American applicants are systematically rejected and only Indian visa holders are hired. At present being US citizen is a curse to find job in IT. These workers do not contribute anything to US economy and transfer most of the money back to their own country. Some of the workers are brought on B1 visa and pay them in India at lower rate. thus do not pay any US taxes.
Buck Harmon August 22, 2012 at 11:54 AM
This issue is about a government that has failed miserably for a very long time regarding immigration, and employers that hire these human beings, not the human beings that seek to better their life and family as a result of the good old US failed government....Go after the government...not the immigrants...going after the immigrants is like trying to pump up a tire with a BIG hole in it...
Buck Harmon August 22, 2012 at 11:56 AM
Make a video of the government failing to do something about it, It'll get more attention....but it's probably a little tougher to do..
Judy August 22, 2012 at 01:52 PM
Buck you havnt left yet? You have made a fool out of yourself. I know Joanne and she is no racist.
Judy August 22, 2012 at 02:03 PM
Joanne.so you know this person. He is a total BORE. I am going to have to unsubscribe to this patch thingy. He reminds me of the numbskulls who post on Balto Sun and Fred News Post Many have serious ISSUES.
Buck Harmon August 22, 2012 at 02:08 PM
Why not just reply to my posts regarding the topic of this blog with some substance for a change....fight for your cause instead of trying the bully tactics with me....not very good for the cause silly ladies..
Buck Harmon August 22, 2012 at 02:09 PM
Your focus is easily captured and re directed....tea party weakness...

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