On March 30th, the Maryland House of Delegates will be taking up the Senate-passed bill, SB 167, that would allow illegal immigrants in Maryland to attend Maryland colleges and pay in-state tuition fees.
The statewide grassroots group, Help Save Maryland, will be leading the taxpayers’ campaign to kill the bill and will be testifying before the House Ways and Means Committee this week.
The group’s leader, Brad Botwin, began an action alert to Maryland citizens this way:
THE HOUSE IS GOING TO DEBATE THE SENATE BILL SB 167 WHICH WAS AMENDED AND THEN PASSED BY THE MARYLAND SENATE EARLIER THIS MONTH. WHILE THE SUPPORTERS SAY THE BILL IS TOUGHER ON THE ILLEGAL ALIEN STUDENTS IN TERMS OF QUALIFYING FOR IN-STATE BY PROVING TAXES PAID AND A TWO-YEAR REQUIREMENT TO ATTEND COMMUNITY COLLEGE FIRST, AT THE END OF THE DAY ITS STILL IN-STATE TUITION FOR LAWBREAKING ILLEGAL ALIENS!
IT’S A MAGNET FOR A CONTINUED & UNWANTED FLOW OF LAWBREAKING ILLEGALS TO OUR STATE AND IT WILL FORCE MANY OF OUR CITIZEN CHILDREN TO ATTEND COLLEGES OUT OF STATE. THE COSTS TO THE TAXPAYERS ARE VERY MUCH UNDERSTATED AND UNAFFORDABLE AT A TIME OF GROWING STATE AND COUNTY BUDGET DEFICITS, HIGH UNEMPLOYMENT AND FRIGHTENING LEVELS OF HOME FORECLOSURES (ESPECIALLY PRINCE GEORGES COUNTY).
Botwin says its now or never and everyone should contact the House Ways and Means Committee (in addition to your own delegates if they are not on the committee):
TIME TO ACT!
FIRST LETS CONTACT ALL MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE MEMBERS AND TELL THEM TO REMOVE SB 167 FROM CONSIDERATION LEGISLATIVE THIS SESSION.
Committee members are listed below. I learned yesterday that at least one Republican was considering compromise language. So, be sure to contact all the committee members and voice your objection to the whole idea. We were able to defeat the Gay Marriage bill this year by overwhelming the House of Delegates with calls and e-mails, let’s do it again now!
Ways and Means Committee:
email@example.com * this is a correction, Del. Afzali was not listed on the original action alert.
Contact Brad Botwin ( BB67Chev@aol.com) for a copy of the full Action Alert from Help Save Maryland and for instructions on testifying in Annapolis this week! March 30th, 1 p.m.
Endnote: Everyone should be writing letters to the editor and calling talk radio to let the general public know what is happening on this critical issue!