WS>>Tuition for Undocumented Immigrants
carl william spitzer iv
cwsiv_2nd at JUNO.COM
Thu Nov 20 18:24:53 MST 2003
By Jo Becker
The Washington Post
The House of Delegates gave preliminary approval yes-
terday to a bill that would allow undocumented immigrants
living in Maryland to pay the same tuition at public colleg-
es and universities as do legal residents.
Under the proposal, undocumented students would be
eligible for in-state tuition rates if they graduated from a
Maryland high school, or attended public school in Maryland
for at least three years, and provide an affidavit vowing to
apply for U.S. citizenship.
If approved, the measure could save immigrant students
thousands of dollars annually in tuition fees. At the Uni-
versity of Maryland College Park, for example, Maryland
residents pay $4,800 per year; out-of-state students pay
just more than $14,000.
The bill, which skirts a 1996 federal law prohibiting
tuition breaks for undocumented immigrants, mirrors legisla-
tion in effect in Texas, California, New York and Utah. The
measure sparked heated debate on the House floor, as Repub-
lican Herb McMillan (Anne Arundel) argued that the legisla-
tion would reward "illegal aliens" and "treat them the same
as legal citizens."
The bill's Democratic sponsors argued that the legisla-
tion would primarily benefit children who entered the United
States years ago with their parents and deserve the same
access to a college education as their classmates. "We're
talking about children," Del. Victor R. Ramirez (D-Prince
George's) said to applause. "We can't turn our back on
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