|Friday, April 08, 2011 – Robert Lang|
|The Maryland House of Delegates this afternoon voted to give in-state tuition for certain undocumented immigrants.The vote of 74-66 came after more than two hours of debate.
Under the bill, illegal immigrants would qualify for in-county tuition at a community college, if they graduate from a high school in the same county as the community college.
The student could transfer to a four year university upon graduating from a community college and be eligible for the in-state tuition rate.
A House committee earlier added a requirement that immigrants sign up for the Selective Service to receive the reduced tuition rate.
The bill now goes back to the State Senate for final approval.
The sponsor of the Senate bill, Prince George’s County Democrat Victor Ramirez, told WBAL News that he is confident the Senate would give the bill final approval before lawmakers end their session on Monday night.
Eleven states already offer some form of tuition benefit for undocumented immigrants.
… What a total joke on MD taxpayers. Hopefully, the Senate will apply some common-sense, unlike the House that didn’t. Rewarding illegality with legality is wrong and stupid. But, welcome once again to liberal MD politics. …