There is still one more hurdle before voters in Maryland get a chance to decide if they are willing to subsidized the college educations of illegal aliens. I know for most of you this is old news, but I’ve been sidelined lately and hope to catch up starting now.
From the Washington Examiner:
A Maryland law that would grant in-state tuition to illegal immigrants is going to the state’s highest court, which will decide whether state residents get to vote on the measure before its enacted.
Maryland’s Court of Appeals will hear arguments in June on a judge’s decision to allow a referendum on the Maryland Dream Act, which would grant in-state tuition to undocumented immigrants who attended at least three years of high school and could show that their parents filed taxes in the state.
Gov. Martin O’Malley signed the Dream Act into law last year after it was passed by the General Assembly, but its enactment was stalled by a successful petition to send the measure to a ballot vote, giving Maryland residents the option to vote on the issue in November.
Proponents of the law, led by the immigrant rights group CASA de Maryland, argued before a judge earlier this year that the law cannot go to a referendum ballot because it qualifies as a state appropriation, which is not subject to repeal under the state’s referendum laws.
Opponents of the law said it has nothing to do with state appropriations. While the law might increase the number of people who qualify for in-state tuition, it set aside no funding and does not change the formula that determines state spending on higher education.
“The Dream Act has so many ramifications for the taxpayers of Maryland and there isn’t any question that it needs to go to referendum for the people to decide,” said Del. Pat McDonough, R-Baltimore and Harford counties, who helped lead the successful petition drive.
Casa’s hot shot lawyer Joey Sandler must be a busy boy these days!