'Children' being 'fed, clothed, cared for, taught' until 20s on taxpayers' dime.
3:36 PM, Jul 16, 2014 • By WHITNEY BLAKE
CNN reported last night that while Maryland governor Martin O'Malley doesn't want unaccompanied minors to be deported, he doesn't want them in certain parts of Maryland either.
After his strong criticism of the Obama administration's plans to return thousands of young undocumented migrants back to Central America, Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley asked a top White House official that the children not be sent to a site that was under consideration in his home state, sources familiar with the conversation said.
"He privately said 'please don't send these kids to Western Maryland,'" a Democratic source told CNN. The heated discussion between O'Malley and White House domestic policy adviser Cecilia Munoz occurred during a phone call late Friday evening, sources familiar with the conversation added.
Perhaps O'Malley doesn't want his state to foot the bill for the minors until they're in their 20s. The Associated Press buried the lede in this glowing piece about the safe "haven" our schools provide. One has to read to the 15th paragraph to reach this nugget:
Coughlin's school allows students learning English to stay into their 20s. In the past two years, it has seen increased numbers of students who crossed the border alone. He says many work long hours at night in restaurants or cleaning to pay for immigration attorneys or, in at least one case, to pay back a relative who spent thousands of dollars to have them smuggled into the country.
The language barrier proved to be a big obstacle for Ronald Pojoy, who came alone from Guatemala in 2007 when he was 15 to join his mother....
Now 21, Pojoy received his diploma last month from Liberty High School in southwest Houston. The school serves a large number of immigrants and offers information about legal and other community services.
The cost to educate these minors is beyond what school districts can afford. In the eighth paragraph, we learn of the bill being passed on to taxpayers:
In Miami, the school board voted to seek federal aid after Superintendent Alberto Carvalho said 300 foreign-born students, many from Honduras and traveling alone, enrolled toward the end of the school year. He said the district has both a "moral and legal requirement" to educate the students, some illiterate in both English and Spanish. The cost is about $1,950 more per student than it gets from the state, he said.
"They need to be fed. They need to be clothed. They need to be cared for and then taught," Carvalho said.
Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Attorney General Eric Holder issued new guidance in May reminding districts that a 1982 Supreme Court ruling gives all children the right to enroll in school, regardless of immigration status.
Speaking of children and minors, the AP also admits that age is really all just a matter of guesswork.
One of Coughlin's students, Milsa Martinez, 20, says she was 18 when her parents sent for her in El Salvador, after her grandmother died, 14 years after her parents had moved to the U.S....
Martinez was treated as a minor when detained because, she said, she looked young.
Politico reminded us last week that three quarters of "children" arriving are actually teenagers, not babies and toddlers.
...Children in custody are younger than ever before, with 24 percent under the age of 14 in 2013, up from 17 percent in 2012, according to ORR. The average age of Central American youth is 14, with a recent upswing in the number of young girls, who now make up 27 percent of the total. The government estimates that new arrivals will reach 60,000 in 2014 and balloon to 130,000 in 2015.
Cash wasted on this clunker.10:45 AM, Mar 29, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The state of Maryland has encountered many setbacks in its attempt to get a health care website up and running smoothly. (Sound familiar?) And now, it has run up the white flag.
Coming to Maryland.9:01 AM, Mar 4, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
The state agency in charge of Maryland's beleaguered Obamacare Marketplace, the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange (MHBE), is looking to establish a standing advisory committee to provide the board of the MHBE advice and input on a "broad range of policy issues." The MHBE sent out a letter to "stakeholders" this week who might have an interest in serving on the committee.
3:20 PM, Feb 21, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The movies folks responsible for the making of House of Cards seem to have been reading their own reviews or taking a page out of their own (ludicrous) scripts. Or something. As Jenna Johnson of the Washington Post reports:
Vacationing while website burned.7:17 AM, Dec 18, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The chief executive officer for Minnesota's Obamacare exchange resigned Tuesday after reports surfaced she had taken a tropical vacation in November, right when the state's health insurance exchange website was experiencing problems. ABC affiliate KSTP has the story:
1:01 PM, Dec 16, 2013 • By JIM SWIFT
According to the University of Maryland student newspaper The Diamondback, the university’s student health insurance plan is considering requiring coverage of sex change operations.
1:02 PM, Nov 13, 2013 • By JERYL BIER
In mid-October, the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange quietly postponed all of the forums it had scheduled to inform small businesses about the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP), as we reported.
'In Front Of Two Guys, Their Shirts Off, With a Girl Twerking In Between.'1:43 PM, Oct 24, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
The attorney general of Maryland was criticized for attending an underage party that his son was DJ-ing. There you are, a reporter pointed to a picture of the party, "In front of two guys, their shirts off, with a girl twerking in between."
It appears underage drinking was taking place at this party, which is what's fueled criticism of the attorney general's attendance there.
10:51 AM, Oct 21, 2013 • By JERYL BIER
The state of Maryland has been front and center on the launch of open enrollment through the new Obamacare insurance marketplaces on October 1. The week before the launch, President Obama joined Maryland governor Martin O'Malley in Largo, Maryland to boost public awareness of the marketplaces, and he said that if "every governor were working as hard as Governor O’Malley to make the Affordable Care Act work," even more Americans would reap its benefits.
3:12 PM, Oct 14, 2013 • By JERYL BIER
3:39 PM, Oct 8, 2013 • By JERYL BIER
9:01 AM, Oct 8, 2013 • By JERYL BIER
"If you've got a doctor that you like, you will be able to keep your doctor," President Obama assured the public as he worked to sell Obamacare in 2010.
'Death penalty is racially biased.'2:53 PM, May 2, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
The governor of the state of Maryland, Martin O'Malley, has signed legislation to repeal the death penalty.
But passed gun control bill anyway.1:22 PM, Apr 8, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Maryland governor Martin O'Malley, a possible Democratic candidate for president in 2016, just passed a very strict gun law, which includes a so-called assault weapons ban. But what's especially interesting is that before the December shooting at a school in Connecticut, Governor O'Malley had no idea what the gun laws were in his state.
On the day after a gunman killed 20 children in Newtown, Conn., Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley wrote a text messageto his chief legislative lobbyist.
9:43 AM, Jan 8, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Senator Ben Cardin today again said he had questions for Chuck Hagel, who has been nominated as secretary of defense: