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The DREAM Act in Maryland, that passed two weeks ago in the state’s General Assembly, is already under fire on several fronts from a referendum request to potential lawsuits.
The Maryland DREAM Act would give illegal immigrant students in-state tuition rates under certain conditions. In order to be eligible for the discounted tuition rate the student’s family must prove they are taxpayers and qualified students must have attended public high school in Maryland.
The bill will become law when Democratic Governor Martin O’Malley signs the measure. Opposition has been loud and swift and coming mostly from Republican factions.
For example, Republican state delegate Neil C. Parrott is seeking permission to put the matter on a statewide referendum – he needs 55,736 signatures in order to do this. If he is able to get the matter on a state wide ballot the law in essence would freeze until it comes to vote.
Another Republican, Pat McDonough plans to sue the state on grounds the law violated federal law, all in hopes of overturning the benefits to the students.