'DREAMERS' Kick Off Tuition Law Fight at UMBC

Supporters say law gives students who are illegal immigrants "a level playing field."

Karina is a "Dreamer." She says she's not the only one.

The 22-year-old illegal immigrant and Montgomery College student spoke Wednesday at a news conference at the to kick off Educating Maryland Kids, an effort to pass the Maryland DREAM Act.

"My mother has always told me that education is the path to my success and I very much believe that," said the woman who was only identified by her first name.

Karina, who plans on graduating next year with dual associate degrees in general studies and mental health, called for support for a bill that would grant in-state tuition rates to students like herself who are in this country illegally or are considered undocumented immigrants.

The law that would grant that opportunity will go before the voters in November after narrowly passing the General Assembly in 2011. Opponents collected nearly 109,000 signatures of registered Maryland voters, nearly twice the required number, to force the issue to the ballot.

Educating Maryland Kids, a coalition of groups including the Catholic church and other faith-based, education, civil rights, and labor unions, kicked off its efforts to educate voters and uphold the recently passed tuition bill.

"The Catholic church supports the DREAM Act because we believe that every person, regardless of their legal status is a child of God," said Bishop Denis Madden, Auxiliary Bishop for the Archdiocese of Baltimore. "As a church and as a community, we flourish when we strive to provide the opportunity for every person to reach their full potential and to develop the unique God-given gifts that they have been given.

"We are convinced that when Marylanders know the facts about the DREAM Act, that they will happily embrace the chance to do the right thing for our young people," Madden said.

Del. Pat McDonough, a Middle River Republican and a leading opponent of the law, said the coordinated effort to support the law is not a surprise. He said opponents will not be able to match the money he expects groups like Educating Maryland Kids to spend before the election.

"We don't have O'Malley money, and we don't have SEIU union money, and we don't have any angels saying, 'Here's some money, go out and tell the truth.'" McDonough said. "What we have are people across the state who believe this is wrong."

McDonough plans to hold his own news conference Thursday in Middle River—an unofficial kick-off to defeat the measure, he said.

The Republican delegate Tuesday criticized Freeman Hrabowski, president of the , for .

"He's a public official and his salary is paid for by the taxpayers of Maryland," McDonough said. "What right does he have to advocate for breaking the law?"

The University System of Maryland has twice voted to support the law.

Hrabowski said the event, even though it was held at his university, was not a university-sponsored event—though he said he personally supports the effort.

"As an american educator, I have a special belief that the more we can do to educate the children in this country, the better off our country will be," Hrabowski said. "In fact, I would argue that it is our way as Americans, to believe in our children.

"Children need to know that adults believe in them and that they appreciate the power of of education to transform lives. Where would we be without an education?"

FIFA August 10, 2012 at 03:57 PM
Sorry you don't know me Escargot. You have no clue how many years of charitable work I have done or the fact I have paid more in income taxes than you ever will. You collect money from Medicare, whether they pay you directly or through your employer is immaterial. You suck at the trough of government payments.
FIFA August 10, 2012 at 03:58 PM
Joe August 10, 2012 at 04:21 PM
FIFI volunteers at the children's hospitals where there are plenty f victims to choose from. That is honorable among his peers at NAMBLA.
Joe August 10, 2012 at 04:34 PM
I don't believe FIFI has ever paid taxes! Word is he has cheated and used the young children he keeps tied up in his bunker as deductions and as dependents. That's what the word is in his neighborhood. He now has to prove he does not keep little children tied up in his bunker.
Escariot August 10, 2012 at 04:42 PM
I could not agree more. He posts all over the board about how much smarter he is than other posters, then states that I do not know him or his charitable works. If so fifi, then why would you tell another poster to leave the country because they do not contribute much? When i asked you about what you contribute, it went right back to insults and ignoring the question. What we have here Joe is a college student, more than likely living in the basement of mom and dad's house regurgitatiing the liberal viewpoints they hear in class every day. It is very obvious since first posting that he is not successful such as other business people that post on here, whether i disagree with them or not. He is silently praying for another term for his hero, otherwise he will actually have to go out and earn a living. When he does there will be an appreciation for taxpayer money, and how it is spent. Until then consider class to be in session.............
Needaname August 10, 2012 at 05:23 PM
STEVE - the Undocumented workers are INTENTIONALLY USING made up Social Security numbers - given to them by their colleagues/friends/smugglers so they could get work. NO, they are not going to see the SS - they knowingly defrauded the Social Security Administration and their employers by giving false/manufactured SS numbers. You know this.....
B Allen August 10, 2012 at 05:59 PM
Hey there little girl frankie, at least I did enlist in 73 and put in 3 yrs service to my country, earned my DD214 Honorable Discharge then put 1 yr inactive and 2 yrs active in the reserves. Total of 6 yrs committment. Hey wait, were the pussy that tried to spit on me by the Silver Spring/ DC line just down from Walter Reed AMC and I "busted" in the face and split your nose open? BTW, 3 yrs in the military does not constitute being a government worker. what a richard cranium...guess your getting your "rocks" off again at humiliating yourself. pansy
B Allen August 10, 2012 at 06:11 PM
Looks like these libtards are really getting their panties all wadded up because they are made to look like fools over and over again. Funny to see how defensive they get when they are caught in their lies and deciept that plagues the left wing nutjobs. They don't know what to say next and they ramble on with foolish statements. HAHAHA You numbnuts are trying to get your last "digs" in before you lose your savior in the white house come november. You still have a shiver running up your leg, just like that castradi Chris Matthews? You all are typical like this idiot libtard woman in this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P36x8rTb3jI
jag August 10, 2012 at 06:31 PM
That's cool, B Allen. Enlist, serve a noncombat role, and collect a paycheck in some corner of the world instead of being drafted and sent to Vietnam to actually fight. Pretty common for the time. Claiming that paycheck and benefits don't count as a government job is just dumb, though. Let me guess, all those entitlements you collect/are soon to collect aren't government handouts either, right? Do you know what the word "delusional" means, B Allen?
B Allen August 10, 2012 at 07:40 PM
Hey Jag(off) at least I had the balls to enlist when the draft was ended. Whats the matter, you did not take your thorazine this morning? I guess your estrogine shots are working also, getting you all "moody"...hahaha you people are so funny to watch.
B Allen August 10, 2012 at 07:58 PM
Frankie girl, it's too bad you feel that way about yourself, but then again you and your girlfriends keep making fools of yourself. That is why i was asking if you castradi's get your rocks off being humiliated. Guess you girls find if erotic and stimulating to the small mass of grey watter between the holes in your head? I have had enough of making you nitwits look like fools and seeing others who disgaree with you make you look like your Mascott, the "jackass". Think I may drive to Delaware and spend another couple thousand on a new surround sound system for my in home theater and donate my old one to purple heart or something. I need all the writeoffs I can to make up for all the money I make on dividends on investments, at 15% . Nice to be under 60 and not have to work unless I feel like it and NOT take handouts like jagoff says...such a little girl throwing a temper tantrum. I would use the "P" or the "C" word to describe you pansies, but your idol Bill dumbs**t Maher already used those words...such civility with you hypocrites. Go ahead and post what you want, noone is going to listen anymore except you little girls.
B Allen August 10, 2012 at 08:05 PM
Hey Metcalf, there is NOTHING civil about you people. You go on the attack when someone disagrees with your dimented point of view. You continue to try and gang up on one person, hell i can smear the streets with all of you. You people continue to pick one out and then attack, why? Because you are pansies and need help. Not one of these knuckleheads could come up with ONE peice of information that is worthwhile, they continue to attack the facts with made up stories and calling names, etc. I can't believe that you would even let them post on your "prestigious" left wing blog...why would you even want to associate with these people.
Joe August 10, 2012 at 08:10 PM
The draft ended in 1979. the next year they passed the law that called for all those 18 and over to Register with the SSA. I believe they stopped calling numbers in 1972.
B Allen August 10, 2012 at 08:19 PM
see Frankiegirl, now you show how stupid you are. Ending the draft did not end the war, the war was still going on for another 2 yrs after I enlisted and I was staged to go there after my training, so don't tell me. It goes to show that your age does not necessarily mean you are an adult. If you are an old fart like I think you may be, maybe you were dropping acid and going on "trips" and just NEVER came back to reality. YOU LOSE AGAIN... you should haave looked up the truth before you put your foot in your mouth again. That is what is wrong with you libtards, you are NOT even smart enough to look up the facts before you throw something out there.
B Allen August 10, 2012 at 08:34 PM
Joe, 1973 ended the "draft" and went to all volunteer. At least I had the balls to join. None of these pansies would do it because they would crap and piss their pants in basis training. War in Vietnam ended in '75. 2 yrs after I enlisted.
TaterSalad August 26, 2012 at 09:58 PM
While the citizens of Maryland are whining about the Romney/Obama campaigns, the city of Baltimore is spending money that they don't have and then pleading "poverty" to the citizens to raise taxes. What a joke! http://weaselzippers.us/2012/08/26/baltimore-school-credit-cards-spending-spree/
Tom Henry August 26, 2012 at 10:27 PM
"My mother has always told me that education is the path to my success and I very much believe that," Hey Karina, you ignorant welp, how about getting "educated" about how to be here through law-abiding means! You are helping to destroy opportunities for Marylanders who have NEVER broken the law.
Steve August 26, 2012 at 10:35 PM
She is "law abiding". The DREAM Act is a law.
jim g. August 27, 2012 at 12:23 AM
andrea you will never get it they are here illegally a crime was commited ,and the politician is also commiting a crime by letting this shit happe 910 dollars extra commingg out of every household for this u libs love to spend other ppls. monwy.!! sad!!
Other Tim August 27, 2012 at 12:26 AM
Not quite yet. We'll see in November.
jag August 27, 2012 at 04:21 AM
These children have never broken a law either, that's the point, "you ignorant welp".
Tom Henry August 27, 2012 at 11:16 AM
Hey Jag, Maybe you didn't read the article. It clearly states she is an illegal, so unless the article is wrong, this is what it says.... "....bill that would grant in-state tuition rates to students like herself who are in this country illegally or are considered undocumented immigrants.." Further, it's a bill on the ballot. It is NOT yet law. No ignorance on my part. All this will serve to do is provide access to those who have not earned it; i.e. they are not citizens of Maryland. My 4 children are at risk of being bumped when applying to our area colleges, yet having equal qualifications. I'm seeing it already at places like UMBC, who have been operating this way long before this bill his Annapolis. See below: http://dundalk.patch.com/blog_posts/mcdonough-umbcs-hrabowski-soft-on-illegal-immigrants
B Allen August 27, 2012 at 12:11 PM
Just had to come here and post. I see the little girls (steviegirl, fifa the foot fairy, jag-off, Frankiegirl, etc) are still here throwing temper tantrums because they can make no case. Their so called civility is, having to call people names, they have no facts or figures to back up ANYTHING they say. They are just a bunch of blowhards who had 98% of their grey matter sucked out by the dumbocrap party and left 2% for bodily functions, to tote the water and drink the kool aide and vote for the libtards. It is funny watching you little girls continue to make fools of yourself.
B Allen August 27, 2012 at 12:17 PM
Steviegirl, wrong again!!! It is NOT law...just because that village idiot relative of yours OWEmalley signed it, it does not mean a thing. He is just like your mascot (jackass). I wonder how much he is paying you libtards to post nonesense on here. You little girls have been given facts, figures, the truth and you STILL continue to make fools of yourself posting nonsense. If you don't get it, you will never get it. Typical public school education. brainwashed libtards. Whats the propblem with you people, you have not been able to have any cirlcle jerks and cooommm byy aaaaa sessions? ROFLMAO watching you fools.
B Allen August 27, 2012 at 12:27 PM
The reason the city of baltimore is broke is because you have libtards running it. Vote the dems out and you will see things turn around. Just look what happened in Wisconsin with the idiot dems trying a recall vote and got burned...again. The people of Wisconsin (even the dems) finally got it and voted against the oppressive, power grabbing, regulating loving, business hating, success hating, libtard and union scumbags that spent a boatload of money trying to win back the statehouse. Wisconsin is much better off now than it has been in a long time under the libtarded dems. Even the unions have lost alot of members becuase people do not want to be forced into unions and have to pay their "dues" which go to the rich union bosses and dems campaigns.
Joe August 27, 2012 at 12:47 PM
(steviegirl, fifa the foot fairy, jag-off, Frankiegirl, etc) hehehehehe
jag August 27, 2012 at 02:40 PM
You seriously think these children broke the law? Really??? So if a adult speeds or drives without a licence (a similar, civil infraction) then the child in the backseat should be charged with breaking the law as well??? Can you explain the logical, ethical, practical, or economic reasoning behind such a backwards viewpoint, please???? The alternative of demanding these in-state children of tax-filing parents be encouraged to NOT attend in-state schools is, obviously, remarkably short-sighted. Would I rather these kids go to college and realize their potential as educated, productive, tax-paying members of society or would I rather demand that they be forced into the underclass, pay less in taxes, and consume more in govt. services? The answer to that is clear and obviously to anyone who comes to the debate unadulterated by nonsensical misconceptions and fears (e.g. your rant about UMBC - that blog post supports the opposite of what you're saying, btw).
Steve August 27, 2012 at 02:51 PM
LOL I will take my public school education over any private school education any time!
DawnP August 27, 2012 at 03:32 PM
"...having to call people names, they have no facts or figures to back up ANYTHING they say. They are just a bunch of blowhards..." Are you being intentionally ironic? Or do you think that your 98% / 2% insult counts as "facts and figures"?
Michael Brown August 27, 2012 at 05:38 PM
The ignorance and hate expressed by some bloggers is disgusting - on both sides. Some on the left don't want to recognize that there is a problem and some on the right don't want to recognize that these are human children. Children raised in America as Americans. Some want to threaten these children and take away whatever dignity they can strip from them. Whatever makes Americans an American has little to do with where they come from, what language they speak, what religion they have, their color, or their ethnicity. What makes Americans American is their support for and defense of the Constitution of the United States. As an American you must accept that "all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness." That is the Constitution that defines America. Many of the early immigrants came here to escape poverty, religious and political persecution, or other conditions that robbed them of those inalienable rights. As did the parents of these children. Yes, we need to do a better job at controlling our borders. As a nation, we have a right to limit immigration. However, the children identified in the Dream Act are as American as our children except for where they were born. These children are here and want to be Americans. Wouldn't be easier and less expensive for everybody to stop discriminating against them and, rather, provide a path to citizenship?


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