A little bit lost in all of the post election news coverage, the people of Maryland passed a state version of the DREAM Act. It seems that more and more people are realizing that the solution to immigration is not “sending undocumented aliens back” or self-deporting. Because of this realization, the approval of Maryland’s Dream Act by popular vote allows undocumented immigrants to pay in state tuition at public colleges as long as they meet certain requirements.
After the ballots were totaled t in Maryland, “58 percent of the vote indicated broad support.” This demonstrates the progressive attitude that Americans are taking regarding immigration reform. Lawmakers see the passage of this law as a step forward in immigration reform and have received positive feedback. “I think this is a huge turning point in the nationwide debate about immigration policy, and it should be seen in that light,” Frank Sharry, whose organization advocates for immigration reform, said in a conference call with reporters.
The specifics of the new law require that the student attended a Maryland high school for three years, and proof that the parents have filed for state income tax returns during this time. 12 other states have also adopted a similar law. Those that do not have this law will have the opportunity to vote on it when it comes up in the near future. Missouri should consider adopting this law as well for the benefit of young immigrants who have grown up in the U.S. and call Missouri home. There has been a growing sympathy for younger immigrants who consider the U.S their home and more people are becoming aware of this and voting in support of the Act.
Maryland’s decision has opened up many doors for other states. Others are now either petitioning or writing a similar law. Missouri should not be an exception. Rather than making immigration a political rail, it is important to note that immigration reform can be dealt with in a sensible humane manner. After all, America is founded on the basis of an immigrant nation. Helping young immigrants attain an education here in order to contribute to society should be a priority on every state’s ballot. If you have questions regarding immigration laws, contact us at 314-961-8200.