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Montgomery College Trustees Show Support for Dream Act

Resolution calls the Dream Act a ‘step in the right direction’

In a show of support, the Montgomery County Board of Trustees voted unanimously to adopt a resolution endorsing the policies of the Maryland Dream Act.

The trustee’s held the vote during its regular meeting on June 28. The resolution states:

“… the College supports broader and easier access for all local students to higher education institutions than is provided by the Maryland Dream Act, the College nevertheless supports the Maryland Dream Act as a step in the right direction and as a foundation for additional access later”

Petitioned to referendum, the Dream Act’s passage will be left to voters in November.  The measure would provide in-state tuition rates to undocumented college students who met certain requirements. But opponents launched a referendum drive as soon as Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) signed the bill last year, .

Dream Act opponents have also targeted the college, which has a campus in Germantown.

In 2010, Montgomery College’s board of trustees was sued by three Montgomery County residents, with help from Washington-based watchdog group Judicial Watch, for what they claimed was a “de facto” policy of allowing illegal immigrants to pay in-state tuition, Patch has reported.

The case was dismissed in August 2011, but an appeal has been filed, according to Montgomery County Circuit Court records accessed online.

NO2O July 10, 2012 at 02:46 PM
1) What part of illegal don't you understand? 2) Why should a legal resident of another country pay less then someone from VA or PA or for that mater FL
kaleb July 10, 2012 at 10:30 PM
1) really you were fortunate enough to be born here, and you want to speak down on those who are trying to better themselves. If this is really a christian nation its a bipolar one. 2) because they actually reside in the state that they attend school at and went to grade school, and high school at
kaleb July 10, 2012 at 10:31 PM
really??
kaleb July 10, 2012 at 10:31 PM
i dont like this pending approval it better not get removed
Buzz Beeler July 11, 2012 at 03:51 PM
The voters will decide this issue.
Dawn July 12, 2012 at 02:36 PM
Here are the facts on the Maryland Dream ACT; you cannot qualify unless you the student or his or her parents have paid at least three years of Maryland taxes. YES, people without legal status do work and DO pay taxes. How? Because the obtain a taxpayer id number- no its not a social security number. If you live in VA or PA you don't pay taxes to our state therefore you don't get in state tuition. This MD Dream Act is not a a handout- it is for taxpayers like you and me! PS- i work in higher education and I am very familiar with this legislation. If you don't believe me go to the State of Maryland General Assemby pages and read the info yourself.

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