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WILL MARYLAND DEFY OBAMA?
by Sharon Rondeau
(Mar. 3, 2015) — On Monday, The Post & Email reported on an interview between Susan Payne and radio host Mark Levin from last Thursday in which Payne described three conference calls with Obama operatives who discussed establishing “a country within a country” by importing illegal aliens to reportedly displace indigenous American citizens and avail themselves of federal benefits to which federal law does not entitle them.
On Monday evening, in response to our request for an interview, The Post & Email received a telephone call from Payne and an associate, Ted Hayes, who also participated in the three conference calls. The Post & Email will detail its interview with Hayes and Payne in a separate article in the very near future.
On Tuesday morning, Payne contacted The Post & Email and advised us to speak with Maryland House of Delegates member Pat McDonough, who co-hosts a Saturday radio show on Maryland radio station WCBM with Payne. Payne explained that McDonough was preparing to introduce legislation in response to Obama’s executive actions declared on November 20, 2014 which propose allowing millions of illegal aliens to remain in the country on “deferred” deportation status under certain conditions.
We called McDonough’s office and were put through to Del. McDonough almost immediately, after which he spoke with us for several minutes about his bill proposal. Scheduled for introduction to the Maryland House of Delegates’ Economic Matters Committee at 1:00 p.m. EST, the bill, if approved, would bar illegal aliens from working in Maryland unless the job for which they were applying had already been marketed to U.S. citizens unsuccessfully. McDonough stated that even if Obama’s executive actions are upheld by the courts, the Maryland bill would supersede it if passed and signed by the governor.
“It’s about workers’ rights,” McDonough told The Post & Email, “economic justice.”
Both McDonough and Payne are active in the organization “Rally for America.” He identified Payne as a research assistant in his office.
McDonough said that existing federal law already prohibits illegal aliens from working in the United States, with the exception of workers brought in on the HB visa program. “Federal law means that illegals cannot be provided with any kind of asset, including a job, as long as they are here without lawful presence, and federal law pre-empts state law. Their status is that they have been deferred, but their designation as unlawful migrants has not changed,” McDonough told us.
In 2008, McDonough described Maryland as “the Number One Sanctuary State in America,” a view he echoed in his interview with The Post & Email.
As of 2012, seven Maryland towns permitted illegal aliens to vote in municipal elections and hold public office. In March of that year, McDonough introduced a bill which would have prevented illegals from voting anywhere in the state. “This corrupt voting practice violates the Federal and State Constitution. According to Article 1 of the Maryland State Constitution, one must be a citizen in order to vote in any election. It is time for Maryland lawmakers to exercise their responsibility to the State Constitution and terminate this reckless, unlawful practice. How any legislator can vote against this bill is far beyond my comprehension. Should the bill fail for some unexplainable reason, a lawsuit will be the next step,” McDonough had stated just before holding a press conference on his proposal.
In 2013, Maryland approved special driver’s licenses for illegal aliens.
Regarding the dichotomy between Obama’s executive action declarations and existing federal law, McDonough said, “I think that’s what Judicial Watch is looking into.” In her posting at WCBM summarizing the substance of the three conference calls, Payne had referenced Judicial Watch as having “begun an investigation into the Task Force on New Americans.”
On November 21, the White House website posted a presidential memorandum titled, “Creating Welcoming Communities and Fully Integrating Immigrants and Refugees” whose purpose is to implement a “White House Task Force on New Americans (Task Force) to develop a coordinated Federal strategy to better integrate new Americans into communities and support State and local efforts to do the same.”
Judicial Watch is a government watchdog legal organization which researches, exposes and challenges corruption at the state and federal levels. It has been awarded by court action the release of thousands of pages of documents relating to the Fast & Furious gunrunning operation carried out by the U.S. Department of Justice, FBI, and ATF under Obama; the terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012 which killed four Americans; and the IRS scandal in which 32,000 emails were said to be lost and unrecoverable but were recently found by the IRS deputy inspector general.
McDonough has worked with Judicial Watch on other investigations and has been a guest on Fox News, CNN and MSNBC, among other media outlets.