The Maryland Senate has approved, by a 27-20 vote, legislation that would grant in-state tuition to undocumented students at public universities and community colleges. The bill would place significant restrictions on undocumented students before qualifying for in-state tuition, they must:
— Graduate from a Maryland high school and then attend a community college within the high school’s jurisdiction.
— Prove that taxes were paid by the student, parent or legal guardian for three years before entering college.
— Complete an associate’s degree, or 60 credits, from a community college before they can qualify for in-state tuition at a four-year Maryland university.
— Show proof of paid state income taxes while attending community college.
— Sign an affidavit stating they will apply for legal residency when they are eligible.
If they meet all of those requirements, then they can qualify for in-state tuition at a savings of about $10,000 per year.
Among those voting against the legislation were Senate Republican Leader Nancy Jacobs and Democratic Sen. Robert Zirkin — both of whom had voted for a far more liberal version of the bill in 2003. That bill passed, but was vetoed by then governor Robert Ehrlich. Zirkin explained that his thinking on immigration had “evolved” since 2003 — by evolved he likely means that he has been influenced by anti-immigrant hysteria.
[Continue reading Todd Eberly’s post at The FreeStater Blog.]
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