Voters Will Decide On In-State Tuition For Illegal Immigrants

BALTIMORE (WJZ)—Voters will decide whether illegal immigrants can receive in-state tuition breaks in Maryland. There’s new reaction after opponents of the measure forced it onto the ballot.

Gigi Barnett explains each side is preparing to sway voters.

After months of State House rallies and thousands of names on a petition drive, the battle for or against the Dream Act continues– on the radio.

It’s one of the hottest topics in the state. The Dream Act would give in-state tuition for illegal immigrants. Now, 16 months before the referendum, both sides are already working to sway voters.

“We’re going to win that election. And we’re going to win a lot of other things coming up in the future,” said Del. Pat McDonough on his Talk 680 WCBM radio show.

McDonough voted against the Dream Act. Now he’s taking to the airwaves to do what he calls informing voters.

“I don’t care how much misinformation, big lies they put out,” McDonough said. “The people in this state are going to vote against the Dream Act in November.”

“We’re launching a campaign as well,” said Charly Carter.

Carter works at Progressive Maryland, which represents the illegal immigrants. She says although the petition attracted thousands of voters, there are many more who support the Dream Act.

Some “56,000 people signed, but there are millions of people that didn’t,” she said. “They’ll believe that it’s an issue of fairness.”

About 56,000 signatures were needed to place the Dream Act on a referendum. State election officials received more than double the number of required names.

Although the state says the required number of signatures is valid, there could still be some legal challenges to the petition.

The petition against the Dream Act is the first time in almost 20 years that voters have put a law to a statewide referendum.

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  1. Yes, we can...and we did! says:

    We did it! thanks to everyone who signed the petitions to get this issue put on the ballot.

  2. PAUL E. MICELLI says:

    The “LEGAL TAXPAYING CITIZENS” of Maryland will voice their FREE choice in the coming election.

  3. ThirdWorldStateofMD says:

    If casa de mexican get’s involved the IRS should take away they’re tax exempt status.

  4. NoSolutionDemocrat says:

    9.2% unemployment, lets put Obama on the recall ballot too!

  5. OOOOHNOOOMRBILL says:

    LET’S FACE IT . WHEN IT COMES TIME TO VOTE IT’S TO BE RIGGED LIKE IT ALWAYS HAS . EVERYBODY IN GREEN MOUNT CEMENTARY IS GOING TO VOTE FOR OMIGO OMALLEYS PLAN AND SOME WILL EVEN VOTE TWO MAYBE THREE TIMES.
    THEN ALL THE ILLEGALS HAVE BEEN GIVEN THE RIGHT TO VOTE WHEN THEY {GAVE THEM } MARYALND DRIVERS LICENCES. WELCOME TO THTE PEOPLES REPUBLIC OF MARYLAND COMRADE HERE YOUR FREE HOUSE FREE GAS AND ELECTRIC FREE FOOD STAMPS FREE LUNCH FOR YOUR ANCHOR BABYS. DON’T WORRY ABOUT TAXES WE’LL LET THE REAL LEGAL CITIZENS OF MARYLAND TAKE CARE OF THAT.
    YOU JUST REMEMBER JUAN THAT WHEN ELECTION TIME COMES AROUND YOU VOTE DEMOCRAT AND YOU VOTE EARLY AND YOU VOTE OFTEN.

    O.K NOW LET THE HATE MAIL BEGIN WITH ALL THE BLEEDING HART LIBERALS . WELL SINCE IT’S ONLY 9:30 AM THAT SHOULD BE AWILE SINCE YOUR RECOVERING FROM LAST NIGHTS DRUG INDUCED ORGY.

  6. NunYaBusiness says:

    Illegal Immigrants are just that, Illegal. How bout you get them out of the country and stop giving them all the help to stay here. I dont get help with tuition and ive lived in md my whole life! If anything I have to pay double. I have a reason to register to vote now, Thank You! Something I will be Voting No For.

  7. OMalleyFraud says:

    down with this terrible democrat run failure of a state!

    one of the richest states based on over paid gov’t workers, built on the over taxes citizens of our country and yet we elect liberal idiots who spend all our money on things like this!

    stay in maryland you wimps couldnt make it in the real world, when the gov’t starts cutting workers look out you might actually have to learn to budget!!!

    HA!!!!!

  8. Elk River Rancher says:

    I’m aggravated and appalled that there has been any consideration whatsoever of providing criminals (that’s what ‘illegal immigrants’ are – they are in criminal defiance of US immigration laws) with ‘tuition aid’. I’m equally aggravated and appalled when ‘students’ claim they ‘won’t be able to get an education’ without the ‘free ride’ on the backs of LEGAL residents that ‘tuition aid’ represents. My late husband missed graduating with his ‘class’ because he had to WORK for a year, to earn the tuition costs of his final year. He worked that year, earned the tuition, and graduated from Cornell with honors. What’s wrong with ALL STUDENTS having to WORK for their tuition? They’d better appreciate the education – and spend more time on the books, and less time at ‘college hang-out’ bars, if they had to PAY FOR THEIR OWN EDUCATION!!!

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