Md. Immigrant Tuition Foes Face Petition Deadline

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — The first signatures were submitted Tuesday in the push to allow Maryland voters to decide the issue of in-state tuition for some illegal immigrants.

Jessica Kartalija has the latest on this back-and-forth battle.

That bill has already passed but Tuesday, conservative delegates said that giving undocumented immigrants and their children a break in tuition rates is a taxpayer waste of money.

Weeks after Governor Martin O’Malley signed a law giving undocumented immigrants in-state tuition rights, conservative delegates gathered in Annapolis to launch a state-wide campaign to fight it.

“It’s a message to Governor O’Malley, to politicians in Annapolis, Casa de Maryland and others that the people in this state are mad as hell,” said Delegate Pat McDonough.

Delegates say they’ve exceeded the required number of signatures to put the matter before Maryland voters in 2012.

“Signing this petition is a message to our legislators that no, Maryland is spending too much money and we need to cut back on the spending,” said Delegate Neil Parrott.

“So, the programs and policies put forth by the politicians in Annapolis turn Maryland into a Disneyland for illegal immigrants with benefits, attractions and free rides,” McDonough said.

The Dream Act grants undocumented immigrants in-state tuition after completing two years at a Maryland community college.

“This will allow us to have a more highly educated work force in our state which is good for all of us,” O’Malley said.

“I’ve been waiting for this moment a lot and everyone quit school because they can’t afford it,” said one student.

McDonough said it’s a waste of taxpayer dollars.

“They cannot be employed.  The Baltimore Sun or Johns Hopkins University is not going to hire an illegal immigrant,” he said.

Fifty-eight thousand signatures are needed by June 30 to get the Dream Act on the 2012 ballot.

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  1. Bernadette Z says:

    I reported you, sheriff II for name calling. Discuss the issue. No personal bashing.

    1. Sheriff says:

      Bernadette Z, Up your giggy with a lighted ciggy. So what, I get reported ten times a day for speaking the truth. Any Bernadettes I know are all FAT!

  2. sven says:

    S II, I agree. It cost me an average of 7 to 10 grand a year for my child’s college room, board, books, computer, supplies and software.

    This is smart move by our State’s leadership to bring in MORE revenue for Maryland.

  3. Steve Hampton says:

    Sign the petition and take a bite out of ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION that costs Maryland tax payers 1.4 billion a year and MILLIONS MORE if the TAX PAID reward to ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS who cant LEGALLY WORK in the USA. So, why WASTE MILLIONS and MILLIONS of YOUR TAX dollars to train and reward those who came in ILLEGALLY, to steal YOUR JOBS and YOUR tax paid benefits ?

    https://mdpetitions.com/

  4. Doug says:

    Load the illegals on bus’s and drive them south,
    over the border.
    There should be a no vacancy sign on the state border of Maryland.
    All we’re attracting are low lives,with bed beds,B.O. ,swollen bellies,
    and hungry mouths.
    Ship them off to China,if they won’t go home.
    Better yet,to the Soylent Green Wafer plant.

    1. Joyse says:

      PLEASE PUT O’MALLEY ON THE SAME BUS!!!!!!

      1. Can't Fix Stupid says:

        I’ll buy him a ticket!

  5. Steve Hampton says:

    Remember ILEGAL IMMIGRANTS are NOT LEGALLY permitted to work. This Bill will cost Maryland tax payers MILLIONS and MILLIONS of dollars a year. Plus it WILL encourage tens of thousands of NEW illegal immigrants to enter Maryland. This is more an OMalley pay back to CASA who supports (tax paid ) illegal immigrants how to steal Maryland jobs and get Maryland tax paid benefits. In exchange they help OMalley during his elections. https://mdpetitions.com/

  6. Steve Hampton says:

    Sheriff II You clearly have either no idea what you are talking about or you are an illegal immigrant. Your comment on how they pay for the first two years is false and they cannot even work legally.

    So how does stealing tax paid funding from American children, to be used on those who entered here illegally, help Americans. When they cant even work legally ? Do you understand, THEY CANNOT WORK LEGALLY IN MARYLAND yet Maryland tax payers are forced to pay not only for their children but then for criminal illegal immigrants who have enetered Maryland illegally !!

    Stealing College seats from American Children, even though the illegal Immigrant CANT WORK LEGALLY IN MARYLAND !! Should I in Spanish so you can read this easier ??

    Sheriff, Habla Espanol ??

    Do you understand this would cost Maryland tax payers MILLIONS in completely wasted tax dollars ? And add to the 1.4 Billion a year Marylanders are forced to pay for the illegals alrteady here ??

    1. Smith says:

      Steve Hampton, you keep emphasizing on not being able to work. Let me explain how this works. First, the individuals the dream act targets are persons that were brought into the United States under the age of 16, not by any mode of consent of themselves but were brought here by their parents. However, this same Taxpayers have been responsible for the free elementary and high school education of these children, wouldn’t it just be rightly logical to be permitted to pay for college at a resident rate, thus creating a legal means where this can be attainable through the DREAM ACT.

      And for the inability to work, that is a blatant falsehood, because according the laws of the United States, Any individual on the path to citizenship is eligible for employment by any employer in the United States. So Work-permit holders and Legal Permanent Residents are all absolutely eligible for employment.
      Hence the Dream Act places these individuals on a path to citizenship because they would be conferred with a Conditional Permanent Resident status which is based upon the completion of a 2 or 4 year college or joining the military, so with a PERMANENT RESIDENT STATUS THEY CAN DEFINITELY WORK IN THE STATE OF MARYLAND AND ANYWHERE IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

      Please Steve Hampton, do some personal study and don’t follow the band wagon of misinformed policy makers.

      1. Can't Fix Stupid says:

        Smith, before you go running off at the chops and accuse someone of following the band wagon of the misinformed, maybe you should do some personal study yourself.

        You stated “Any individual on the path to citizenship is eligible for employment by any employer in the United States. So Work-permit holders and Legal Permanent Residents are all absolutely eligible for employment.” Where in this bill do you read anything about individuals on the path to citizenship or Work-permit holders? What the bill states is that when someone applies for this tuition, they must begin the legalization process within 30 days. Do you REALLY think any of these illegals (either brought or born here) are going to actually abide by any rules? I think not. They obviously haven’t paid much attention to any rules up to this point. Also, if a kid is brought into this Country illegally by their parents, the bottom line is they are still illegal.

        I hope you find the band wagon of the informed real soon.

  7. Can't Fix Stupid says:

    YEAH! We are more then half way there! The State of Maryland spends more then $3.5 million dollars a year on services to illegals already. We are speaking out and getting OUR best interest out there finally!

    Sorry Casa de Maryland, you are not welcome here afaterall! Please take your people and move on…

  8. Billiam says:

    Anyone who wants to defend this bill, go ahead and defend it. The fact is MD citizens are speaking in volumes about this bill and getting it to referendum. There is no way I can sit back and in good conscience not let my voice be heard. I have mailed my petition and anyone who believes this bill is wrong should do the same. One more thought – does anyone really believe that the individuals posted on the picture really care about what is going on here? Don’t let the chain affect your thinking (snicker)

  9. philthe rookie says:

    FOR ANYONE WHO DOES NOT WANT THEIR MARYLAND TAX DOLLARS GOING TO FUND PROGRAMS FOR ILLEGALS – I URGE YOU TO GOTO http://WWW.MDPETITIONS.ORG AND SIGN THE PETITION. WE ARE STILL WAY SHORT OF THE ROUGHLY 60K SIGNATURES NEEDED TO GET THIS ON THE BALLOT. PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT WHEN YOU SIGN THE PETITION THAT YOU PRINT THE BILL AND SIGNATURE PAGE ON THE SAME PIECE OF PAPER.

    IT MUST BE ON THE SAME PIECE OF PAPER OR THEY WILL NOT COUNT YOUR SIGNATURE. I CAN ASSURE YOU THAT A BUNCH OF SIGNATURES WILL BE THROWN OUT SO PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION AND GET 5 MORE PEOPLE TO DO IT AS WELL.

    WE NEED TO SEND A MESSAGE TO THE MARYLAND LAWMAKERS TO STOP FUNDING THEIR POLITICAL AGENDA AND STOP SPENDING OUR MONEY.

    1. Can't Fix Stupid says:

      philthe rookie:

      BEFORE YOU GO SCREAMING ABOUT HOW MANY MORE SIGNATURES ARE NEEDED, PLEASE REREAD THE LAST PARAGRAPH OF THE ARTICLE, “Fifty-eight thousand signatures are needed by June 30 to get the Dream Act on the 2012 ballot”.

      According to an email I received from Del. Kipke of AA Co., over 40,000 signatures were received (the BOE are using the total of 35,000 until all can be verified and recounted). Looks like we are only going to need about 20,000 more NOT 60K.

  10. T says:

    The bill does state that students who are not permanent residents must provide to the public college an affidavit stating that they will file an application to become a permanent resident within 30 days after becoming eligible to do so.

    Well, who is going to follow up on that? Is there a person or a department in each and every college in MD designated to find out whether each of these students has in fact filed this application? I seriously doubt it since I haven’t seen that clarified anywhere in any article I’ve read about this Dream Act.

    College age people are responsible for their own lives. They can no longer say, I didn’t ask to come here so why should I be punished. You ARE here now, so take responsibility and start the process to be legal, and stop whining about your parents choices. YOU have a choice now. Make it.

    Very proud of my MD citizens today! We’re speaking out and making changes!

  11. Pat Delawder says:

    Can’t fix Stupid:
    The more signatures sent in the better; we don’t know yet how many will be disallowed because Casa de Maryland will be looking to challenge each and every signature.

    1. Can't Fix Stupid says:

      The BOE will be verifying each signature. If you read the instructions it talks about addresses, registrations, etc. Casa de Maryland will not have a leg to stand on once the signatures are verified and counted.

      I would like to know who (Politician)is going to start looking into this “organization” called Casa de Maryland. As far as I am concerned, this is a treasonist organization.

      If they want to be in this State, then they need to get on OUR bandwagon or move to another State. I wonder how many employees of Casa de Maryland area legal. We should also be challenging them!

  12. Smalls says:

    I am an american. Born and raised. Its wrong that I cannot get any help to send my kids to college. Why should illegal immigrants get a free ride and take our jobs from legal americans. I will definetly sign this bill.

  13. CW says:

    The United states cannot solve the economic problems of the world. It won’t be long until the U.S. will be a third world country, just like the economic disasters that these criminals come from. Our poor children will suffer from politicians who care more about political adgendas than the people who they claim to represent. Why would O’malley care anyhow. I’m sure that his children go to some high dollar private school that wouldn’t even think about letting an illegal criminal through their doors.

    1. Can't Fix Stupid says:

      We already are a third world Country. Just look at our “leaders”.

  14. williejoe says:

    O’Malley has one daughter who is a drunk. So much for a privileged environment.

  15. sheriff says:

    Look at the pepper belly’s in the gallery photo. They look so interested & intense eh?

    1. Can't Fix Stupid says:

      I was thinking the same thing. These kids look like that have NO clue, but seem to be well fed. Bet they are offspring of employees of Casa de Maryland.

  16. Jerry says:

    Owe Malley don’t give a dam about Maryland’s citizens, point’s are,
    1.Take money out of our pockets to pay for the ilegal alliens schooling.
    2.Give them job’s while the legal’s are out of work and still looking.
    3.Give the state more drug delears , murders and god know’s what other criminals.
    4. With all the tax’s being raise to help them , compnaies leaving the state cause they can’t afford to stay.
    So put him on the bus with them since he cares about them so much and put some one in office who honestly cares about the state.

  17. sheriff says:

    Unfortunately illegals sneak into this country & have babies here & that automatically makes them U.S.citizens. The parents anchor parents. What needs to be done is to have that ruling taken away & if here illegally then the offspring should be declared illegal also. Think of the cost & drain on the nation’s , states resources. Birth & health care bills, schooling, housing & food, this, that , it never ends & it’s all costing us billions……The kick in the balls is that we as outsiders can buy a house in Mexico by the sea or a resort or anywhere but can never own the land….Real pricks eh?

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