Blog: Latino Ed Beat

Voters to Consider Maryland “Dream Act”

When voters in Maryland go to the polls on Nov. 6, they will decide on their own statewide “Dream Act” for undocumented immigrant college students. The act is more limited than similar legislation in other states. (The federal version of the bill remains stalled in Congress.)

If approved, the Maryland legislation would enable some illegal immigrants to pay in-state tuition at the state’s colleges if they have attended a state high school for at least three years and then graduate. In addition, their parents must pay taxes for at least three years. Students must also attend community college for two years before transferring to a university.

The Baltimore Sun’s editorial board supported passing the act, calling it a “good deal.”

“Providing Dream Act students with the chance for a better education means they will contribute more to the economy (and tax base) and cost less in social services and other government spending,” the editorial said.