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Lawsuit Filed To Allow Illegal Immigrant Tuition

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — Supporters of the Dream Act filed suit to cancel the 2012 ballot referendum.

Political reporter Pat Warren explains they believe the State Board of Elections wrongly certified petitions to put in-state tuition for undocumented students on the November ballot.

These petitions for referendum had to be signed just so in order to count toward the number needed to put in-state tuition for undocumented students on the 2012 election ballot.  Supporters of the Maryland Dream Act are now suing the State Board of Elections, claiming it certified signatures that should have been thrown out. 

“The petition sponsors are actually thousands of signatures short of what they need to put this law on the ballot,” said attorney Joe Sandler.

Sandler represents Casa de Maryland and students like Ricky.

“It’s very frustrating thinking that I won’t be able to school in case this gets blocked.  It’s very sad,” Ricky said.  “I feel sorry for me.  I feel sorry for friends.”

This effort to stop the referendum is not unexpected.

Petition sponsor Pat McDonough believes the challenge includes use of the Internet to access forms.

“And it wasn’t the Internet, it was the passion and the outrage of the people who were coming out of the woodwork to sign these petitions,” McDonough said.

The lawsuit also claims that the Dream Act should be immune from referendum because it funds a state program and funding cannot be challenged by ballot.

“There is not sufficient basis under Maryland law to prevent this law from going into effect and disrupt the plans, hopes and dreams of the students it’s supposed to benefit,” Sandler said.

But as a lawmaker, McDonough says the Dream Act is a change in policy, not a budget item.

“People were paying attention.  It was very important to them, so they crossed the t’s and dotted the i’s,” McDonough said.

Regardless of how the court rules, each side could appeal, which still leaves the Dream Act in limbo.

The Office of the Attorney General will represent the Board of Elections in the lawsuit.  That office had no comment on the suit Monday.

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  • bmoregyrl

    Cry me a river. I will be voting on it next year just like everyone else will too. Illegals have no rights to our breaks like that. They get enough but taking our food stamps welfare money and other things that we can’t get to anymore. Sorry if you are here illegally you should not have anything of ours. I work hard everyday and to see people who are not here illegally get it makes me very upset. We can give illegals our rights but we can’t give the right to marry whomever we went. Just saying

    • justme

      What is the name of the Law Firm representing “Casa de Maryland??? They should be the next business OUT OF BUSINESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Steven Cville

      It’s a joke that they are contesting signatures as illegal in a case that involves giving rights to illegal aliens. And two that filed the suit are illegal, should they not be deported?
      Time to stop giving our money to Casa De Maryland that should be the next referendum. Stop all public funds to CASA. I am sure most people of Maryland would not want to be funding illegal activities.

    • wllharrington

      Why do illegals have the right to petition, only citizens have or should have that right. It is to be noted that they did not try to petition MAYBE BECAUSE ONLY VOTERS MAY PETITION ergo only voters should have the right to bring suit.

    • countyrez

      I totally agree with you…and I’m a minority. Someone told me I should be more sympathetic, but I’m not. If you wanna come here to enjoy the American Dream, fine. If you wanna create a better and/or safer life for you and your family, fine. But get legal. Pay taxes. Do all the things that this country requires of you to be a legal citizen. How in one breath does an illegal say “this is the best country for my family” but in the next breath say “but I’m not paying taxes to access the services we’ll need”.
      And while i’m ranting – learn the language. I can’t go to a foreign country and expect the citizens to bend to me; I would have to learn the language. The gov’t is so worried about catering to everyone, they’re forgetting everyone.

  • Can't Fix Stupid

    Casa de Maryland, get over yourself. The legal tax paying citizens of Maryland are sick and tired of supporting the illegals and their anchor babies. Almost DOUBLE what was needed was received. So, it the BOE did make a mistake or two, big deal. We still received more then enough signature. Why don’t you all move onto the next State. At this rate, we will run you out of the Country in no time.

    • listen up

      What is the name of the Law Firm representing “Casa de Maryland??? They should be the next business OUT OF BUSINESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • upset AMERICAN citizen

    Why are we fighting so hard to give everything us hard-working americans have fought for to these ILLEGALS that don’t even belong here??? What about our fellow American’s that have been here their whole life and struggle to make it on a daily basis…yet we cater to those that don’t even belong in this country? What the hell is America turning into? Land of the free my @$$…its only free if you got here illegally…if you are an actual citizen, you just get trampled on it seems. This is a real shame.

    • Find Out

      What is the name of the Law Firm representing “Casa de Maryland”??? They should be the next business OUT OF BUSINESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Margie Greenway

      totally agree with you if you are an illegal person here we should not have to pay your tuition, your rent, your food.. come here legal like so many others have!!!

  • Lace

    What a joke. Maryland will be on my list of “places I used to live” soon enough. I am sick and tired of supporting ILLEGAL immigrants. What do you people not understand here? They’re ILLEGAL! Why should they receive anything? I can barely support my own family and my wife who is spending over $20,000 this year alone on school and we want to reach out to people who are illegally living in the United States? Let’s begin helping our own before reaching out to people who are breaking laws to begin with.

  • ebaer

    Really? These idiots are talking about illegal signatures??? Shouldn’t they worry about the ILLEGAL aliens first? Then there would be no issue regarding so called illegal signatures! I say if the “do gooders” want to take money out of their pockets to take care of the leaches, then so be it. I’m tired of them taking money out of kids mouths and my pocket!!

  • Debbie

    Why is anyone even listening to the “concerns” of ILLEGALS”?
    The legal citizens of this state have OVERWHELMINGLY showed our elected officials their opinion on hte matter and if they expect to remain elected officials they would do well to heed their warning.
    One group is breaking the law and it is not those signing the petitions.
    Enforce the law and put an end to what ILLEGALS demand.

    • Ken

      The democrats are listening because they see and want them as a voting block. Just like all the other special interest groups, they are buying votes with your money.

  • RL

    I am so happy that I am moving to the conservative State of South Carolina.

  • Mike

    The lawmakers that continue to back the in-state tuition for illegals had better be prepared to collect unemployment after the next election.

    The elected officials that are not listening to the legal citizens (the only ones that can vote for/against them) and continue to act in their own best interest. When the public speaks they better listen or learn how to flip burger and dish up fries at McDonalds because noone else is going to hire them after they are voted out for being a$$holes

    • Good Plan

      That would equal to the end of the Democratic Party running Annapolis in both houses and all executive offices. Oh Casa de Maryland has just signed its own warrant to cease as a group. Well good idea Mike. Michael Busch won’t be coming back. Neither will the entire Dems of the Eastern Shore.

  • rob base

    How can lawsuit for illegals even exist????

    • R.Lynn


  • Michael

    I think people are forgetting a law that states a person can not profit from their crime.

    • Mr.Rite

      That is a excellent observation!

  • Steve Chalk

    As a vetran and a citizen, it sickens me to no end about having to support people who are here illegally. I have travelled to many other countries and have had to show each time that I had the necessay funds to support myself while I was there. Guess they didn’t want any illegals in their country? All welfare and any type of assistance should be cut off. Don’t worry folks, they will go somewhere else once the word gets out about Maryland. The only reason they are here is to provide votes, and nothing else.

  • Stand and fight

    Ok, the people saying they want to leave Maryland because of this – please don’t, we need your support to stop this from happening.
    I want to know what the next steps are if this lawsuit is successful – I can’t believe that there is even an organization fighting to suppress what the people have requested – what is this country coming to?!?!?!?!
    I think, we the people, need to sue Casa de Maryland for being an organization that support criminal activities.. why hasn’t that happened??

    • Workfare,NotWelfare

      “I think, we the people, need to sue Casa de Maryland for being an organization that support criminal activities.. why hasn’t that happened??”

      I couldn’t agree more. Unfortunately bar associations take up the “rights” of others and support frivolous lawsuits like this to assuage their own corporate guilt.

    • Citizen of Maryland all my life!

      You are RIGHT!!!!!! Don’t let these Illegal aliens win. They are not illegal immigrants they are Illegal Aliens!!!!!

      Illegal immigration to the United States refers to the act of foreign nationals violating U.S. immigration policies and national laws by entering or remaining in the United States without proper permission from the United States government.

    • Robert Long

      ICE Need’s to deport the entire CASA Crew back to where every they are from. Why has no one deported all those idiots yet?

      • commonsense711

        Why doesnt ICE go down to Annapolis and arrest the Governor and all the rest for breaking their pledge to uphold the constitution?

  • GladToNotLiveInMD

    I’m so glad I only went to college down there and didn’t remain after graduating. MD was being run into the ground when I left. I can’t imagine it’s better now. And to hear that BS suits like this are being entertained by your courts is disturbing.

    • Sonny Burnett

      You clearly have smarts from college…cause I went to school here and DIDN’T MOVE AWAY. BIG MISTAKE ON MY PART!

  • Bob Baft

    I don’t get it….what part of ILLEGAL do they seem to just over step? What gives them the idea that they DESERVE ANYTHING?

    Sorry your parents had you in a van as you were crossing the border and somehow got you into school…and now you’re ready to graduate and have no money for college….guess what? My wife just worked 10 years to put herself through school with no support from the government….WHY should you?

  • StopTheInsanity

    How are the LEGAL citizens of MD not protesting outside this ricidulous miguided “interest group” ‘s headquarters? Oh that’s right; they’re working to pay the taxes which the illegals are suckling off the rest of us in the first place.

    • deborah

      That’s so true!!

  • jecjec

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    Many of you are already aware of some of staggering effects of mass immigration on health care and poverty. For instance:
    71 percent of the increase in American uninsured since 1989 is the result of immigrants and their children.
    57 percent of immigrant households (both legal and illegal) with children use at least one welfare program.

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  • ElkRiverRancher

    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’. No one provided me with tuition – and I was born in this country, and have paid income taxes to this country from the time I graduated HS (at 17). 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!!!

  • Casa needs to lose

    Read the Maryland Constitution on Referendums.

  • Mark

    Ricky, you and your friends are sorry for yourselves. It isn’t a problem for you to go to college. The problem is with you leaches sucking dry the taxpayers of this state. It’s bad enough that vermin like you have been been consuming taxpayer money through high school. There is nothing in the constitution that entitles you are the other leaches to continue having taxpayers fund your insatiable apetite for the moey of hard-working, taxpaying people of this state and country.

  • My signature counts!

    Sounds like little Ricky should have done better with the free education we gave him. Too bad sooo sad, I signed that petition and I meant it! NO InStasxte tuition for illegals, they can still go but they will pay just like a foreign citizen as they are.

  • My signature counts!

    Not one comment is for this ridiculous bill. We citizens have worked hard for what we have. We are not about to open the nest egg we built for our kids for illegal alien kids.

  • chalkie

    Ask O’Malley how much the state gives to Casa De Maryland. He has been fighting for illegals rights all this time. Just remember O’Malley when he runs for his next office. Don’t vote for the S.O.B. when he runs for congress or the senate or what ever he runs for!!!! But to many democrates vote party only and then complain about what they voted for. Wise up and vote for who you feel the best person is, not just on party affiliation. Then maybe we can get somethings done and right our state and country.


    For everyone who has already attended college, you may just want to consider not paying that Sallie Mae or Fannie Mae school loans. Just think, What ever happened to take care of our own first? My son has waited till he could get a pell grant (cannot make alot of money to ge this grant, which he doesn’t) to go to college, and HE WAS BORN HERE, AS WAS I AND MY PARENTS AND THEIR PARENTS BEFORE THEM. It’s time to take back what is rightfully ours, they already come here and are releived of paying taxes, are given business loans (I was refused, even as a minority contractor, woman, not mexican) and own more businesses with the help of our government. And then they wonder how the terrorist got into this country. DON’T GIVE THEM A FREE EDUCATION, IT ONLY PUTS US CLOSER TO THIS ONE WORLD ORDER BULLSH–, AND WE’RE TEACHING THEM HOW TO DO IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Caitlin

    I dont have a problem with immigrants going to school here, but if they can go to college then they can manage to take a citizenship test first and fight for funding like the rest of the poor college students have to.

  • truthteller

    lets give the LEGAL AMERICANS free tuition first!!!!!!

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