VIDEO: Montgomery County Executive Leggett Talks Dream Act

Leggett: To vote against the ballot question would be 'shortsighted.'

With Election Day looming, Patch recently sat down with Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett.

Approaching the midway point of his second term in office, Leggett (D) reflected on the upcoming election, the state of the county and its budget, his priorities for the remainder of his second term and persistent rumors about whether he’ll seek public office in 2014.

In the first installment, Leggett talks about why he “wholeheartedly” supports voting "yes" on Question 4 on the Nov. 6 ballot and allowing in-state tuition for children of illegal immigrants.

Harry M. Bagdasian November 02, 2012 at 12:01 AM
why are thereno comments?
Don O'Neill November 02, 2012 at 12:57 PM
I stand with Ike Leggett on the Dream Act. You should too. I support the Dream Act. Students with uncertain documentation attend classes across Montgomery County. Some apply themselves and excel in math and science but still wonder what lies ahead. Will they get into college? If so, will they be able to afford to go? Others more fortunate attend the same classes confident in the fact that they will go to college and perhaps their acceptance is even guaranteed as a legacy of birth and their parents’ choices and opportunities. Affordability may or may not be an issue, but if they reside in Montgomery County, they would pay in-state tuition. In the Olympic sport of Curling players from many countries slide stones across a sheet of ice towards a designated mark. A Curling broom is used to sweep the ice surface clear in the path of the stone even while the Curling stone is in motion and traveling towards the mark. Just as the Curling team is intent on sweeping aside any obstacle that may serve to impede a straight and true path to the mark, every resident of Montgomery County should pick up a broom and be a sweeper for every earnest student who, like the Curling stone in motion, comes to school with his homework done and does his or her part in an effort to hit the mark. Neither politicians nor citizens should place any obstacles in the path of those willing and able to secure our future by securing theirs. Have a heart and support the Dream Act!
Captain Cook November 02, 2012 at 01:53 PM
NO, No No. Get a grip O'Neil.
Don O'Neill November 02, 2012 at 03:18 PM
Captain Cook, I do have a grip... on the Curling Broom of opportunity for all those willing to work and do their part for themselves, their families, their communities, and their country.
Corbin Dallas Multipass November 02, 2012 at 03:30 PM
Dear god this is the best use of curling as a metaphor ever.
Corbin Dallas Multipass November 02, 2012 at 03:30 PM
Captain Cook November 02, 2012 at 03:44 PM
O'Neill, I read that blowing in a paper bag can relax you - do try it, old boy. Liberal DEMS, and I imagine you are - and that;s fine - just LOVE spending tax dollars and in this case for illegal parents of poor unfortunates who COULD maybe a get a loan, a part time job or even join the US military and then get college aid - LIKE ANYBODY ELSE!
jnrentz1 November 02, 2012 at 08:45 PM
Don O"Neil said: "Have a heart and support the Dream Act!" I say: Have a brain and oppose the Dream Act.
Sandra James November 02, 2012 at 11:18 PM
Executive Leggett and Mr. O'Neil, You are absolutely wrong. I, a single mother of two children worked 2-3 jobs to make ends meet for 16 years. I did without new clothes, vacations and just basics of life to ensure my children had a decent meal and eventually money enough to provide my children higher education. I agree with Captain Cook. They need to find their own way in life like my children and I. Perhaps Mr. Leggett needs to feel the "change" and be voted out of office.
Sandra James November 02, 2012 at 11:23 PM
Oh,Mr. Leggett and Mr. O'Neil, I can not afford to finish my own education, why should I pay for undocumented persons education. I have grandchildren to save for, too. If I must choose children to support, let the choice be mine. I would choose to support American Indian children. Thank you.
Carol November 03, 2012 at 03:12 AM
Support The Dream Act!
Corbin Dallas Multipass November 03, 2012 at 02:52 PM
Educating people generates more tax revenues over time since they make more money. http://americanindependent.com/193837/new-international-study-shows-subsidizing-college-yields-significant-tax-revenue-for-countries It's the same argument that conservatives make in terms of tax breaks for businesses, just applied at an individual level.
Don O'Neill November 03, 2012 at 04:12 PM
The issue of the Dream Act involves both heart and head. Our nation's leaders neglected the immigration issue in the past, and now we are left to deal with the consequences. Let's not allow the product of that neglect to be discarded as collateral damage. Those that do their part deserve a break. More than just a cost, the added expense is an investment. It's the American way!
Barbara November 03, 2012 at 06:57 PM
Sandra, I wholeheartedly agree with you. As a mother who raised 5 children on my own, never went on the dole, worked 2-3 jobs just to keep eggs and peanut butter in home and did without everything for myself, this act just makes me sick to my stomach. I'd like to see a Dream Act in this county that helped older retired persons, like myself, who find most of their pitiful small annuity going back into the tax coffers to support illegals and other absurd programs.
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