In Maryland, people have been rallying in opposition of a bill that would grant some illegal immigrants the right to pay in-state tuition. The state bill resembles the DREAM Act (which was recently struck down in Congress) in that it would grant illegals who have lived in the United States for more than 5 years and graduated from a high school here, in-state tuition.
Those in opposition are demanding that a referendum be placed on this bill and measure until the 2012 election, so voters can make the choice. According to the Huffington Post, 55,736 signatures were needed…the group obtained 109,000 valid signatures.
Supporters of the bill are threatening to file a lawsuit and according to Casa de Maryland, (nice name, by the way folks) the signatures were obtained by misinforming the people. They claim that ‘undocumented students only enjoy some of the rights enjoyed by other Maryland high school graduates’. HA!
I would like to know when our country got to this point? The point that our own citizens HAVE to petition AGAINST the rights of illegal immigrants, rights that would give these illegals advantages over our OWN citizens. Why would a state be granting in-state tuition to illegal immigrants when the process of a student from another state within the United States is difficult, grueling and more often than not, unsuccessful? To be in this country with undocumented status is against the law. So if this bill passes, we are going to teach our youth that other people who break the law will reap benefits from it because we should feel sorry for them and be compassionate towards them. In addition to the illegal aspect, most state university systems are struggling tremendously right now to stay afloat and maintain lower tuition rates for legal, legitimate students…Why are we trying to flood the system and give breaks to more people who haven’t earned it?
If this is how it’s going to be, what’s the point of even being a United States citizen? It sure seems like you get a lot more benefits by not being one.