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60 Percent of Marylanders Now Support DREAM Act

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A new survey says that nearly 60 percent of Maryland voters support their state's version of the DREAM Act which grants undocumented students in-state tuition at Maryland state colleges if they can prove they attended a Maryland high school for at least three years and that their parents have filed taxes.

Maryland's legislature approved the act earlier in 2011, but anti-immigration opposition garnered enough signatures to put a referendum on the November ballot. The statue would also require students to attend a community college for 2 years or obtain 60 credits before transferring to a public university.

As reported by ThinkProgress, tuition-equality advocates are optimistic Marylanders will vote for fair access to higher education for the young and undocumented. “These high levels of support demonstrate that … voters understand what this law is about, and that it’s a simple matter of fairness,” Travis Tazelaar, campaign manager for the pro-DREAM Act group Educating Maryland Kids, said in a statement.

Jennifer Hicks is a Communications Intern for Campus Progress.

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