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Tuesday July 5, 2011

Maryland Republicans Deliver Petitions to Halt the Implementation of the State’s DREAM Act

Maryland Republicans Deliver Petitions to Halt the Implementation of the State’s DREAM Act

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With more than 12 boxes of petitions, Republican delegates in Maryland are pushing to have the state’s DREAM Act brought to a public vote in 2012.

The boxes of signed petitions were placed out the entrance to the Maryland Secretary of State’s office in an attempt to get Senate Bill 167 on the ballot for a statewide referendum. SB167 has become known as the Maryland DREAM Act.

The Republican delegates are hoping to see the DREAM Act come up for a vote in an attempt to be rid of it.

“We have rules,” Republican Del. Neil Parrott said. “We need to enforce our immigration laws, and this bill tries to skirt around those.”

The bill already passed through the House of Delegates and the Senate, and was set to go into effect this week, but petition signatures to stop it began showing up at the Secretary of State’s office.

Parrott said only 55,736 signatures were necessary, but 130,000 were expected to arrive by Friday. State and local officials now have until July 20 to verify them.

At one gathering in recent months, Maryland’s Democratic Senator Jim Rosapepe was applauded and cheered when he said he was an Italian immigrant, and stated that U.S. immigration laws are “clearly broken.” Adding that it’s “no reason to deny students a good education.”

The DREAM Act would allow high-performing undocumented students to attend local colleges and universities while paying in-state tuition.