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Victory in Maryland Finally — After some twists and turns

April 11th, 2011 · No Comments

Yesterday I mentioned that Maryland’s version of the DREAM Act passed both chambers of the state legislature. Well this afternoon the bill was sent back to a conference committee, and it looked like it wasn’t going to make it to the governor’s desk. But at around 9pm Eastern, the Maryland in-state tuition bill finally passed (hours before the 2011 legislative session ended). The governor is expected to sign it as he has been a strong supporter of the bill.

This is what happened today according to a report by the Washington Examiner:

“The Senate and House spent much of the day trying to reconcile two bills that would grant in-state tuition to students who are illegal immigrants. The chambers voted just after 9 p.m. on a compromise that would require students to complete community college and prove that their parents have filed Maryland income taxes for at least three years before qualifying for the lower tuition rates.”

This compromise is reasonable because it allows the students to take advantage of something their parents’ tax dollars are already contributing to.

 

Tags: Education · Immigration

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