|Monday, August 01, 2011 – Robert Lang, Scott Wykoff and Associated Press|
|Supporters of Maryland’s DREAM Act filed a lawsuit today to block a referendum vote next year on the legislation.The legislation which allows certain illegal immigrants to pay in-state, or the lowest tuition rates at community colleges and four year universities is set to go before voters in November of next year.
The suit was filed in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court.
Joe Sandler, an attorney for the plaintiffs, says the legislation cannot be put to a referendum, because it provides funding for government-funded education. Sandler also contends the board improperly validated thousands of signatures gathered online that he says are susceptible to fraud.
Republican Delegate Patrick McDonough, who helped organize the petition drive against the measure, described the lawsuit as frivolous, without merit and a sign of desperation.
The plaintiffs in the suit include CASA of Maryland, the Service Employees International Union Local 1199, and the Maryland State Education Association.
Last month, the elections board said that opponents of the DREAM Act had submitted more than 108,000 valid signatures to get the issue on the ballot, that was more than twice the number needed.
The ACLU of Maryland and CASA of Maryland had earlier stated that the online petitions used by opponents of the DREAM Act violated state elections law.
The groups say they have seen “illegalities discovered in the signatures.”
If the lawsuit is successful, the referendum vote would be cancelled and the measure could become law. The legislation was supposed to take effect July 1, but that was put on hold because of the referendum.
… Ironic that “the pot is calling the kettle black.” The referendum is about “illegals” here “illegally” and the ACLU (the killer of common-sense) and CASA are charging “Illegalities discovered in the signatures” on the petitions of otherwise legal, valid, MD voters who are fed up. Where is that logic? Now, that is a true crock!