Posted by: Ann Corcoran | April 17, 2011

As Maryland moves toward in-state tuition for illegal aliens, other states move away

We really are going to be well-known as a sanctuary state for illegal aliens once Governor Martin O’Malley signs the college tuition break bill for those in the country illegally.   According to a Washington Post story from Friday about Maryland’s new bill (the one which will soon be the subject of a petition drive to bring the issue directly to the voters), some states which passed this law years ago are trying to undo the mistake.

From the Washington Post:

With anti-illegal-immigrant sentiment rising in the United States, a growing number of states are considering legislation that would forbid public universities from offering in-state tuition breaks to illegal immigrants.

But this week, the Maryland legislature, dominated by Democrats, took a step in the opposite direction, voting to guarantee in-state tuition to illegal immigrants. Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) is expected to sign the bill.


Whether illegal immigrants should reap the benefits of residency at public universities is one of the more contentious issues to emerge in the national immigration debate. In this legislative session alone, at least eight states took up bills to extend in-state tuition to illegal immigrants and as many considered bills to deny it, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Maryland is the only state this year to pass a bill extending benefits.

Overall, the clear trend is toward ending tuition breaks. At least three states, including Arizona, Colorado and Georgia, have moved to deny in-state tuition to illegal immigrants since 2006. South Carolina barred illegal immigrants from even enrolling in state colleges. Some Virginia lawmakers have tried repeatedly to enact a similar law.

At least 10 states, including California and Texas, have laws that offer in-state tuition to illegal immigrants, but most were passed in the first half of the past decade. Now, several repeal efforts are underway.

Read the whole article to learn more about what the bill will do.


  1. These people are here ILLEGALLY..I am so sick of the argument that these kids can’t be held responsible for their parents’ actions…so many people from all over the world are STANDING IN LINES to get a VISA to come here and we have these people walk across the border and demand that we pay for their medical care, housing, etc.. It’s bad enough they take jobs from our citizens…YOU ASK THE CONSTRUCTION WORKERS THIS ONE…many people we know in the construction trades aren’t working because of them..AND NOW THEY WANT US TO SUBSIDIZE THEIR EDUCATION..No one is helping me with my child AND we are suffering long term unemployment. PUT THIS ON THE BALLOT SO THE CITIZENS CAN DECIDE IF THEY WANT THEIR TAXPAYER DOLLARS SPENT ON THIS. I AM VOLUNTEERING TO COLLECT SIGNATURES UP HERE IN HARFORD COUNTY..

  2. […] Update April 17th:  Just as Maryland gives in-state tuition to illegals, other states try to stop the practice, here. […]

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