May 15, 2012

In his May 11 letter about the Maryland Dream Act, Clifford E. Snyder Jr. complained that “Maryland’s elected government plays me for a sucker.” He wrote that he is being asked to subsidize the lives of undocumented students. Many of these students were brought to the United States by their parents as young children; they had no say in the decision to immigrate.

It is sad to know that members of our community would punish young people for decisions made by their parents or guardians. It is even sadder that they would deny the benefit of in-state tuition to these students when the Dream Act, in addition to imposing other obligations, requires their parents or guardians to have paid taxes for at least three years.

Assisting such students to fulfill their potential is not a subsidy but an investment in their future and in the future of our community.

Carolyn Waller, Bethesda