Maryland's high court allows Dream Act to stay on ballot
Source: Baltimore Sun
Maryland's highest court ruled Wednesday to allow voters to have the final say over whether illegal immigrants should be eligible to pay in-state tuition rates.
In a two-page order, the Court of Appeals agreed to uphold the decision of the Anne Arundel County Circuit Court, allowing the referendum on the 2011 Dream Act to appear on the November ballots.
The seven-judge panel heard arguments Tuesday by CASA de Maryland, an advocacy group for low-income Latinos that sought to keep the question off the ballot. CASA's attorneys tried to persuade the judges that the Dream Act was a spending bill and therefore exempted from voter review.
For illegal immigrants to qualify for in-state tuition under the act, they must have attended a Maryland high school for at least three years before graduating or obtaining a GED. Students or parents must have also filed state income taxes.