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Battle For The Dream Act Gets Heated

BALTIMORE (WJZ)– It’s one of the most controversial issues in Maryland. Now opponents of the Dream Act fire the latest shot in the battle.

Political Reporter Pat Warren has the latest on this heated controversy.

Organizers of the petition drive to put in-state tuition for undocumented students on the November ballot in next year’s election say a lawsuit filed on behalf of Casa de Maryland should not be allowed to derail the referendum.

While thousands of Marylanders sign on to put tuition breaks for illegal immigrants to a vote…

“I can’t see why we should be supporting them when we’re having such financial difficulties anyways,” said one Maryland resident.

“The law’s the law,” agreed another.

Supporters of the Dream Act go to court to stop it from appearing on the ballot.

“This is not the type of law that that can be referred to a referendum because it provides funding for a state program,” said Joe Sandler, Casa de Maryland attorney.

Casa de Maryland is asking a judge to declare the petition invalid claiming the Dream Act is immune from referendum because voters don’t get to override state funding.

It’s a similar argument before the same judge who ruled against a slots referendum in Anne Arundel County. That slots ruling was overturned and the question went on the ballot, but there’s been no written opinion from the Court of Appeals.

Dream Act opponents consider that a foul on the play.

“Because of both of these things this lawsuit must stand still until there’s a new judge and a written opinion,” said Maryland Del. Pat McDonough.

Casa de Maryland tells WJZ, attacking a judge may be an easy way for a politician to get his name in the paper, but most Americans prefer that their legislators dedicate their time to resolving the critical issues facing our communities.

On the campus of Baltimore County Community College, WJZ found students largely in favor of the Dream Act.

“I’m completely in support of anyone being able to come as long as they’re a resident having in-state tuition,” said Megan Flanigan, a student at Baltimore County Community College.

But opponents are confident that there are enough votes out there to kill the whole thing, if given a chance.

“This case cannot move forward as long as the opinion on petitions does not come out of the Court of Appeals,” Del. McDonough said. “It’s like saying we want to go play a football game today and we want to play without the football. It won’t work.”

The Maryland Attorney General is defending the State Board of Elections against the lawsuit and a spokesperson for that office says it will wait on the court’s good time to get that written opinion.

Unless the petitions are thrown out by the courts, the Dream Act will appear on the November 2012 ballot.

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  1. Ramarro L. Smith says:

    Of course they do not want it on the ballott as they KNOW the majority of citizens ( REAL AMERICANS PAYING FOR IT) will vote against it…..but as usual what the PEOPLE want is meaningless in our present social and government disaster.

    1. Mr. Right says:

      Let us go to mexico and over stay or visa and see what happens …not to mention being able to vote or go to the university of Mexico on their dime

      1. lowendvotersuare says:

        Who wants to go to mexico?You are stupid for just saying that!

  2. Can't Fix Stupid says:

    Who do these illegals think they are? Get out of my Country! We are TIRED of supporting these PARASITES! Casa de Maryland needs to be investigated. They should be helping these people gain LEGAL status and pay their taxes. Then and only then should they be allowed to receive benefits! They are nothing but a bunch of lazy freeloaders! GO HOME!

    1. Tic Off Marylander says:

      YOU GOT THAT RIGHT “Can’t Fix Stupid”! They are nothing but opportunist looking for one hand out after another and using any sleazy tactic and sleazy PR to get what THEY want. The difference between them and us is that we are paying for it in addition to in-state tuition through income taxes, property taxes and county piggy back taxes that illegals do not pay. Gov. O”Malley, NOT ON MY DIME….use your own!

    2. lowendvoteruare says:

      They work way too many hours and work under the worst conditions.I wouldn,t call them lazy,thats for sure!

      1. curious says:

        so why do you think we should pay their way? why do we owe them?

  3. Tax2deathinMD says:

    Asking college students if something free is a good idea is like asking the fox to guard the hen house. Most are non taxpaying, go to school on mommy or daddy’s dime freeloaders their selves.Just off the couch from playing video games. Ask them some years down the road after they find a real job and are paying taxes, and not one of those Obama payback the government union jobs, but a real job in the private sector, if there are anymore left.

    1. lowendvoteruare says:

      “one of those Obama payback the government union jobs”
      This State would be another poor broke down southern state without the government.You Union busters think that the rich will create jobs for weak college
      degree azzzzz!

    2. john says:

      Actually I go to college full time, work full time in the fire department, volunteer and pay all my bills. And I’m only 22. Don’t say that every college student is lazy because it takes more than you think to go to college full time, if you would have gone you would know.

      As for these immigrants, I am all in favor of coming here legally and doing what you need to do. Thats how everyones’ family got here. But do it LEGALLY. If you are here illegally you should not even be in school as you are breaking the law, so no you do not get any help from anyone. My tuition has gone up every year and I have been denied any student aid other than a loan for the past several years.

      Its time we help our own students out.

      And by the way. . .to all union haters, my fire department union does not strike and does not tell us to do anything other than show up. I am sorry I like having some help ensure I get a decent pay check and health care after I risk my life for 30 years so you can keep telling us how terrible we are.

  4. HooDatIS? says:

    this some dumb stuff
    so mary the migrant worker and her immigrant kids and grand kids can have free education at my expense? not gonna happen, if u jump the fence u better save some tuition money, or go have a talk with your own government
    i dont wana live in a country where a person with a fake social security card can get FAFSA
    I have been here all my life and I cant get nothing
    so stupid
    http://ethicalfutures.wordpress.com/2011/08/12/this-dont-make-no-sensebrawl-in-the-streets-of-stl-st-louis-knockout/

    1. jj says:

      They won’t be getting it free-just at an in-state rate. That said it blows my mind how the govt condones and rewards ILLEGAL behavior

      1. clarification says:

        You are correct in that the dream act is about college tuition rate. However, these illegal immigrants do receive a free public education from preschool thru high school graduation.

  5. Robert Esposito says:

    Take care of America and its US Citizens before we take care of others. Americans are struggling and Maryland wants to help ILLEGAL Immigrants. I am fed up with this BS America hands out Handouts to everyone but Americans. Help your fellow Americans first.

  6. a says:

    The FBI and DEA fabricate evidence, steal from suspects and use murder to close bad cases.

    There is evidence that several corrupt DoJ, DoD and CIA employees had taken bribes from Al Quida in exchange for information and logistics support during the four years prior to 9/11.

    When one considers that the 9/11 terrorists could take jumbo jet flying lessons, move about the US unobstructed, live for several weeks less than 2 miles from NSA head quarters and be on State Department watch lists, even without the supporting evidence of bribery this makes sense.
    If FBI and DEA where less concerned with enriching themselves by stealing from suspects and taking bribes and more concerened with doing their jobs, 911 may never have happened.

    1. lowend says:

      Good Point! But I can see your statement is bias!

      1. Zac says:

        How does this have anything to do with tuition? Really its getting stupid. Get over it. If you hate the government and the US that bad just leave.

  7. the bronze says:

    The Leftists Elites Dream is the Middle to Lower Class Americans Nightmare.

    The operative Q being how many times will it take to fornicate them into oblivian ?

  8. Raoul Sanchez says:

    This is ridiculous. Why is a group who advocates for people who are not US citizens and who have no legal right to be in the US allowed to stand in the way of the will of legal Maryland and US residents? Despite very high taxes Maryland doesn’t have enough money to provide basic services to its residents so how can it find the cash to help people who are here illegally? The “Dream Act” is the end of the American Dream.

    1. lowend says:

      Very good point ! That would be the real reason to stop it because the state keep asking us for money,while expanding free or discount help to the low end.

  9. Maryland for legal Marylanders says:

    IIf the courts decide that the signature are not good, it will raise the ire of the legal citizens of the State of Maryland. You can bet that it will go to the Supreme Court of Maryland. Casa de Maryland is an illegal operation being allowed to circuvent the legal laws of the US and the State. The illegals are just that illegals. They are criminals and as such deserve to be imprisioned loct stock and barrel and sent back to their country of origiin. I am not against legal immirgration, but this is illegal. It’s time to clean house in the State House and the Governorship and voting these publicans out of office and they could be subject to legal actions against them.

  10. Bill says:

    Can we say Change? Term limits, Votes are based on income and acreaged owned,.lets base votes on education? Employment. No workie no votie? This would not be used in the event someone was laid off after years on the job. Welfare don’t even think of it? Those that pay get to play. I bet it would be the last Democratic Corrupt Government in Maryland? Lets even consider for every 5,000 in taxes paid you get one vote?

    1. Needs Help, but not illegal. says:

      Bill, what about those of us here in Maryland that are unable to work due to disability? From what you are saying since I am on welfare, even though it was not of any of my own fault, I can’t vote. And what about us lower class citizens that don’t even pay that much into taxes? When I was working the most that I paid in was about $3,000 and that was working 2 jobs at the time.

    2. lowend says:

      I hate republicans as much as Democrats!Man is corrupt and things will never change.

  11. Mike Kalash says:

    If the illegals ant to sign up for college let them. Just make sure the people taking the applications are INS agents.

  12. Bob says:

    Until this incompetent President and Maryland governor are history things wont change.I am ready for change!!!Change the leadership!!!!

    1. lowend says:

      Change to What?Democrats and Republicans take turns doing nothing!

  13. NO DREAM ACT says:

    Sibsidizing illegal aliens college educations is NOT what I work and pay taxes for. They can go to college but pay foreign student rates. Actually they can go to college in the country they are from. No, no dream act in Maryland.

  14. DB of Joppa says:

    Casa de Maryland, let me see if I get your point, you feel that the vote of your bought & paid for politicians carries more weight than the vote of the people, is that about right?

    Let me make it clear to you guys/gals, the want and wish of the vote buying, narrow minded, special interest lobbies will never outweigh the wants/wishes of the voting public.

    1. lowend says:

      Your wrong!Special interest groups run this country and you still think your vote counts!They should make a dream act for weak working class americans

      1. wheesie says:

        we may be weak working class americans as individuals in your eyes but when something threatens the stability of our great country we will stand together and become a force like no other

  15. PAUL E. MICELLI says:

    The “LEGAL TAXPAYING CITIZENS OF MARYLAND” HAVE ALL THE RIGHT TO DECIDE WHERE AND WHO AND WHY “TAXPAYERS” MONIES ARE BEING SPENT! HISTORY WILL JUDGE THIS BULL SH@T THAT “CASA ILLEGAL ALIENS ASSOCIATION” OR WHATEVER IT IS CALLED SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO PERFORM “AIDING AND ABETTING” KNOWN CRIMINALS KNOWN AS “ILLEGAL ALIENS” IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. MY GRANDPARENTS ON BOTH SIDES OF MY FAMILY BOTH WERE “LEGAL IMMIGRANTS” FROM EUROPE. WHEN IMMIGRANTS ENTER THIS COUNTRY “LEGALLY” THE DOORS OF OPPERTUNITY ARE OPENED, WHEN YOU ARE “ILLEGAL ALIENS” YOU ARE A BANDIDTO! DO IT RIGHT AND GET “LEGAL” !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! FIRST LEARN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE! THEN SPEAK THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE. LEARN AMERICAN CULTURE!!

  16. libertad says:

    So many narrow minded people here! I bet this is the only source of news you morons ever read about the dream act, cause you’re all too lazy to read scholarly articles that show abundant evidence that the dream act would help the country, not ruin it!

    1. Mike says:

      Scholarly articles? Iis that supposed to make you sound smart? You sound like another life time schooler that has never held a real job! You do realize you are the only person for this crazy left wing initiative on a liberally biased news source? How nutty does that make you?

    2. Sell it somewhere else says:

      Oh please – sell your politico somewhere else – the bottom line is we can’t even take care of our own – the State budget has been run into the ground by O’Malley and all HE and you care about is “abundant evidence that the dream act would help the country.” No, it won’t – get them to speak English, become a citizen like the rest of their predecessors gladly did, then come talk to me.

    3. Dave Bloxom says:

      your on the white house staff, aren’t you?

  17. CHERYL says:

    Well Libertad i have read the dream act and know exactly who it will serve. You know i have ask this question over this many many times to people who have called me names and have never been able to answer a simple question
    will you please try. WHY IS IT OK TO GIVE BENEFITS TO ILLEGAL ALIENS.
    ILLEGAL MEANS YOU ARE DOING SOMETHING WRONG. IN THE USA WE DO NOT REWARD FOR SAID BEHAVIOR. HOW DOES THIS MAKE ME A BAD PERSON? AND I AM FAR FROM NARROW MINDED NOR AM I A MORON.
    THANKS I LOOK FORWARD TO YOUR RESPONSE

    1. lowend says:

      Their are so many Laws in this country that make us all criminals at some point of our lives.To do something illegal means man wants to control the way you live your life.Europeans came to this country a made the laws to comfort them.The rich added laws to make easy to bring cheap labor into this country because you and your friends sent your kids to college and not to trade school.We have more college students with degrees working in low paying jobs than ever.Employers can,t find enough people to do blue collar work and so the demand for cheap labor from south and central AMERICA grows!

      1. Raoul Sanchez says:

        Sorry, but this is just so much rationalizing cow flop. We live in a country governed by laws. We as individuals do not get to pick and choose which laws we will obey. Illegal means just that. A person here illegally has no voice in how we run our country or state.
        Now if We the People decide a law is no longer serving our best interests we can petition to have it changed and that is exactly what many Maryland legal residents have done with the so called “Dream Act”.

      2. Citizen says:

        I thought laws were to keep us civilized and protect societies…

        If we have all of these degreed students (American citizens) working in low paying jobs, than that shows that American citizens are willing to work these jobs. Wouldn’t you agree that our CITIZENS need food, shelter, education, etc.? Why make it harder for them by taking care of people who don’t even come here by legal means? Let’s work on taking care of our own first.

  18. CHERYL says:

    DON’T BRING THE MILITARY PART IN IT, WE BOTH KNOW THAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN A SEPERATE BILL

  19. Mike says:

    but most Americans prefer that their legislators dedicate their time to resolving the critical issues facing our communities. Yes the critical Issues are Deporting the ILLEGALS, and not give Taxpayer money to casa de Illegal.

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  21. Debbie says:

    Gee when they are all gathered in one place get a bus and DEPORT them not reward them. They don’t want a vote because they know what the outcome of that wil be as I am sure the elected officials also know what the outcome will be if they support this.

  22. MD CITIZEN says:

    Quote: “This is not the type of law that that can be referred to a referendum because it provides funding for a state program,” said Joe Sandler, Casa de Maryland attorney.

    I do not agree that this is true, but for sake of argument==who will actually be funding this program?? THE TAX PAYING CITIZENS OF MARYLAND! So, let the citizens vote on it…

  23. David says:

    If you vote to support teh Dream ACT then you agree that:
    Its ok that taxes are used to feed the children of illegals but citizen are unable to use those same services to also feed their starving children of american citizens. You get fired and the i illegal takes your job and now they take food away from you americans also.

    Nice!!!!!!

  24. Sherry says:

    Where do people think that “State Funding” comes from? The taxpayer of course. And to suggest that after a few bureaucracts that are interested in their own “career” politican jobs without any regard to public opinion. What a sad state of affairs.

    We are surely becoming a “welfare” state where the government has the most control. Next, “illegal” will be defined in the dictionary as “law abiding citizens just trying to better themselves” while many Americans are out of work, without health care. Also many of these people don’t either bother to ASSIMILATE and expect us to provide them interperters. Who are the slaves now?

  25. JIM DECK says:

    I think americans should learn the mexcian language. the mexcian people deserve to come to the U.S.A. and not pay taxes , and get jobs and be able to get health care. There kids should even have free college. I’am serious, This is America, Mexcian keep fighting the marylanders will cave in , they are not only weak, but do not stick together,,, brother mexcians you got it made

  26. sad says:

    “Casa de Maryland”…what a load of BS. They don’t want citizens to vote, they want to take away our right to democracy now. What they really want is “Casa de Illegals” taken from YOU, the rightful owner of the “Casa.”
    Why take our money and give it to illegals? These illegals have already gotten free public school, and often other freebies at our expense. They also cause a disproportionate number of car crashes (drunk and incompetent).

  27. JIM DECK says:

    i think the mexcans are really , really good people and we as americans should learn the mexcian languange. We also as americans should help the mexcian people find jobs, and if they can’t work at least send there kids to college. i see nothing wrong with helping mexcians we should , and we owe them a education, , and if need be we should scarfice our job and give it to a mexcian

  28. R says:

    Hope we all remember the Delegates that voted for this and get them out of office. It was also interesting how our County Exect. wanted to raise property taxes the same week or so that our stupid Legislators passed this bill.

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