On Friday, The Washington Times reported:
“Organizers of a petition to suspend Maryland’s Dream Act collected more than 108,000 signatures, state elections officials said Friday.
Opponents of the law, which would allow in-state tuition for many illegal immigrants, collected 108,923 valid voter signatures in an effort to send the law to referendum, according to a final count by the State Board of Elections.
The total nearly doubled the 55,736 votes needed to suspend the law and force a November 2012 statewide vote, making it Maryland’s first successful statewide petition drive in 20 years.”
So, let me get this straight.
A new Maryland law, the Dream Act, was originally passed so that illegal immigrants could pay in-state tuition rates, as opposed to international rates?
Wait a minute.
In order for illegal immigrants to register for the in-state rate, they would obviously have to identify themselves as an illegal immigrant!
So, not only does Maryland not have a problem with illegal immigrants breaking into the country…not only does Maryland apparently choose not to deport self-identified lawbreaking illegals…but Maryland actually goes out of its way to reward the illegals?
Perhaps worse, why did Maryland take action that will increase the odds that illegals will become more educated and, hence, more likely to take higher paying jobs from Americans? Aren’t illegals supposed to be valued only for their provision of cheap labour?
Is Maryland located in the USA? Why did a US government pass a law that disadvantages Americans and benefits foreigners?
My hope is that the Maryland government was not hoping to harm Americans, but instead hoping that the following potential benefits would be worth it:
1) I would think that many previously unidentified, young (school-age) illegals would identify themselves. Although the government might not deport these new students, Maryland may now be able to take action against the student’s newly identified family of illegals, whether it be in the form of deportation, tax scrutiny, law enforcement scrutiny, or otherwise.
2) Educated young illegals who graduate are more likely to enter better paying careers. Because higher-income persons tend to have fewer children, those illegals may have fewer children than they would’ve had they not entered college.
As a result, there would be fewer babies of illegals being granted citizenship, and fewer people draining benefits from America’s economy.
3) Better educated illegals who enter higher paying careers would likely be less likely to commit crime, thereby reducing the drain on the state’s law enforcement funds.
4) Perhaps Maryland has reason to believe that, once educated, the illegal backgrounds of the illegals will prevent them from being hired by companies for positions that require college graduates.
As a result, the illegals will accept positions that they would have accepted had they had no education in the first place. Meaning, their college education is useless to them.
Well, not useless for Maryland. Maryland got their tuition money. And perhaps that’s what Maryland wants.
5) By allowing illegals to pay the lower in-state rates, Maryland would be more likely, perhaps far more likely, to get tuition money from them.
Maryland might be sick of seeing illegals sending money to family back in Mexico. Perhaps Maryland has devised a scheme to get some of that money.
6) While 18-22 year old illegals are in school, Maryland benefits in another manner: Since those illegals are not in the workforce those three to four years, there will be reduced job competition for Americans, and more Americans will get jobs!
Hmm. Now that I think about it, perhaps the Dream Act really is a dream for Americans!