Posted by: Ann Corcoran | March 12, 2013

Time to count the “dreamers;” figure-up the taxpayer tab

Help Save Maryland alerts us to a bill—introduced by Del. Neil Parrott (R-Washington) and the subject of a hearing today in Annapolis—which would require the institutions of higher learning in Maryland to report on how many illegal aliens, so-called “dreamers,” are getting the special in-state tuition rate signed into law by Governor Martin O’Malley.

Many of these students lining up outside Casa de Maryland will have their college tuition subsidized by you. Parrott wants a head count. Photo: Maryland Reporter

Seems like a no-brainer to me.  Surely, colleges will have to ascertain the immigration status of students in order to determine their tuition rates.

The Maryland “dreamer” law requires that an illegal alien or his/her family must have filed a tax return in Maryland and so I’ve been wondering how these community colleges are going to know from whom to require a tax return. 

If they don’t have some sort of question on admission applications to sort the illegal aliens from the legal Maryland resident students, are they going to ask each and every student for a tax return?

This is what Help Save Maryland sent out about today’s hearing:

Legislation to force all MD colleges and universities to provide data on their illegal alien students receiving In-State Tuition. These institutions lobbied hard for taxpayers to provide this benefit. Now its time for them to report how much we are being taken for.

Entitled:
Public Institutions of Higher Education – Legal Presence and Tuition Rates – Reporting HB 0739

(hearing information is here)

Sponsored by:
Delegate Parrott

Status:
In the House – Hearing 3/12 at 1:00 p.m. (Appropriations)

Synopsis:

Requiring public institutions of higher education to report annually, on or before October 1, to the Maryland Higher Education Commission the number of students attending that institution who are legally present, or not legally present, in the United States, and the number of students who pay in-State versus out-of-state tuition rates, disaggregated by specified categories; requiring the Commission to report annually, on or before December 31, to the General Assembly specified information; etc.

Can’t make it to Annapolis on Tuesday, contact the members of the Appropriations Committee and tell them to back HB 0739!  (list is here)


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