On election day, Maryland residents voted in favor of offering in-state tuition rates and state-run financial aid to qualifying undocumented students. With the Maryland Dream Act, Maryland will join 13 other states that have tuition equity programs for illegal students, according to Ted Hesson’s ABC News article.
The Maryland Dream Act will allow thousands of students to gain access to higher education. To qualify, students must have attended at least three years of high school in Maryland and need to be able to prove that their parents pay taxes.
The Maryland Board of Elections made an unofficial announcement after 96 percent of precincts reported their tallies. The results show that 58.3 percent of voters supported the bill, while 41.7 percent voted against it.
Although the legislation takes its name from the federal DREAM Act, it is much more limited in what it offers. While the DREAM Act would have provided a pathway to U.S. citizenship for certain undocumented immigrants, the Maryland Dream Act does not promise citizenship in any way, the source reported.
After their success in Maryland, approximately 200 immigration advocates took to The White House to support comprehensive immigration reform in the United States. They wish to revitalize the national conversation about immigration after Latino voters in key battleground states like Nevada and Colorado helped President Obama earn a second term in office, according to John Fritze’s recent article in The Baltimore Sun.
“I’m here to celebrate… and to show the nation that it is possible for immigration reform in the future,” Missael Garcia, a Maryland Dream Act supporter, told Fritze. “Our community is growing. We really hope to not just be able to pass one thing in our state, but in the whole country as well.”
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