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In-state tuition bill aimed at ‘Dreamers’ advances in Md.

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Photo by Kevin Galens, via Flickr

By Hannah Brockway
Capital News Service

ANNAPOLIS, Maryland — A bill that aims to ensure young, undocumented Maryland students referred to as “Dreamers,” can pursue higher education by giving qualified individuals access to in-state tuition is advancing in the Maryland General Assembly.

Bad Bet: Casino Backer Offends Same-Sex Marriage and Dream Act Advocates

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Tomorrow Marylanders vote on many important items, not just whether to reelect Barack Obama, but Questions 4 (The Well-Named Dream Act, which allows immigrant kids who are state residents to pay the same tuition as other Maryland residents if their parents have paid taxes and proved stand-up), 5 (Sneaky Redistricting Map), 6 (Same-Sex Marriage), 7 (Jobs and Schools? Nope…Casinos: table games everywhere + a big, brand-new casino in Prince Georges County). Because this is a blog/opinion post, I’ll admit I have memorized a simple yes, no, yes, no mnemonic for 4, 5, 6, 7. Plus, as backup because I’m forgetful, coined the dorky phrases: “I am 4 racial equality, 5’s a jive, 6 is sexy and fair, 7’s unlucky, lady.” And speaking of keeping the numbers and yeas and nays straight, I was pleased to read yesterday in The Baltimore Sun that the casino-brained developers of National Harbor have handed supporters of both same-sex marriage (goodbye, Dark Ages!) and the Dream Act (is that you, American Dream?) good reason to vote N-O on 7.

Undocumented Marylanders Have Something to Celebrate, Despite Looming Referendum

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via MarylandReporter.com

Even as the Maryland Dream Act, which would grant instate tuition rates to eligible undocumented immigrants, faces a veto referendum in November, undocumented Marylanders have reason to celebrate. 1,000 or so “dreamers” came to CASA de Maryland in Langley Park Wednesday to begin applying to President Obama’s deferred deportation program.

Maryland: a House Divided

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There are two contentious issues that will likely be on the ballot in November, and each one cuts Maryland voters in half. One is the Maryland Dream Act, and the other is gay marriage.

The Dream Act is a measure that would give in-state tuition rates at community colleges to illegal immigrant students (who have graduated from a public high school in that county and whose parents pay Maryland taxes). It passed in the state legislature, after which Republicans ran a signature drive that put the act up for referendum.

The success of that petition has was a morale-builder for Maryland’s minority party, who have vowed to use the same tactic against a bill to legalize same-sex marriage, were the General Assembly to pass one (and, with the recent support of Gov. O’Malley, they just might).

The referendum strategy isn’t a slam dunk for Republicans, though it’s certainly got to make Democrats uneasy. A recent poll found among likely Maryland voters, forty-eight percent favor the Dream Act; forty-nine percent oppose. Gay marriage is similarly divisive: forty-nine percent favor; forty-seven percent oppose. With a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points, that’s a dead-heat for both.

Expect Maryland to get extra tense around November. On the upside, it may bring more people to the polls than in years past.

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