Immigration reform has been a topic that many American politicians have addressed due to the approaching elections and a call by some of their constituents for the deportation of illegal aliens due to the dire financial situation that the U.S. faces.
State legislatures have begun to address the issue, and several key immigration laws may be passed by these local governments. Maryland may join Arizona in passing key reforms, as legislation concerning tuition could be passed, according to the Washington Post.
Maryland's version of the DREAM Act could potentially cut the assistance provided by the state government in half for undocumented immigrants, who under the old system were able to receive in-state tuition when attending a local university, the news source reported.
"People want to enforce immigration law, not skirt around it," Neil C. Parrott, a Republican state delegate, told the Post. "This was a highly divisive bill with bipartisan opposition that barely passed. It’s important to allow the residents of Maryland to have the final say."
The Dream Act would provide a chance for immigrants who had entered the U.S. prior to the age of 16 and had received their high school diploma with a chance to receive in-state tution, according to the government website.