Posted by: Ann Corcoran | May 13, 2011

Del. Neil Parrott: petitioners on target to reach first goal

Update:  The Washington Post credits (blames!) Del. Pat McDonough in an editorial today entitled, ‘Maryland’s immigration backlash,’ here, for the push to get a referendum on the ballot in 2012.

Here is a good summary article in the Gazette (hat tip: Cecil Calvert) today of where things stand with the illegal alien in-state petition to referendum drive on-going in Maryland.

The Gazette:

HAGERSTOWN — Barbara Kirkpatrick, a registered Democrat, doesn’t agree with much of what conservative Del. Neil C. Parrott has to say, but she concurs with him that illegal immigrants shouldn’t have access to in-state tuition at Maryland colleges and universities.

Parrott (R-Dist. 2B) of Hagerstown is hoping there are thousands of others across the state who, like Kirkpatrick, are willing to sign a petition to put the tuition measure on the 2012 general election ballot.

If the petition, spearheaded by Parrott and other Republican lawmakers, is successful, voters would be able to decide whether to reject or uphold the measure, which Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) signed into law earlier this week.

CASA de Maryland doesn’t think it can be done, taking it casually they say

Kim Propeack, director of community organizing and policial action for Casa of Maryland, an immigrant advocacy group, wonders if signature collectors will get a similarly positive response from voters in the central part of the state, a typically more liberal area.

In Baltimore County, petition co-coordinator Ann Miller isn’t sure how many signatures have been collected, but believes petition supporters are on target to collect 5,000 names in that jurisdiction by the end of the month.

“I would say there are a few people that maybe are not even sure where they stand on the issue, but they agree with the idea of letting the voters decide,” Miller said.

Still, Casa isn’t worried about the petition drive and won’t mobilize against it until Parrott’s group proves it has the needed signatures, Propeack said.

“We’re sort of taking this pretty casually at this point,” Propeack said. “They have a very high number, threshold to get to. We think it’s going to be really hard for them to get there. It would be really hard for anyone to get there.”

Preliminary numbers to be released this coming week!

The delegate and his staff could not provide a count or estimate of how many signatures they’ve collected since launching the petition drive late last month, but plan to announce an official number next week.

They are on track to meet their goals, Parrott said.

For new readers unfamiliar with this issue, return to this earlier post to catch up.


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  1. […] Update May 13th:  On target says Del. Neil Parrott, here. […]


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