No In-State Tuition For Illegal Immigrants

Today, the House Ways and Means Committee is holding a hearing on HB 612, legislation proposed by Delegate Sheila Hixon which will allow illegal immigrants to receive in-state tuition benefits normally reserved for legal Marylanders. We also do not offer any tuition breaks for our fellow Americans who live in neighboring states.

The financial toll that illegal immigrants represent for Maryland is clearly evident.  Hospitals end up giving free medical care to illegal immigrants because they lack health insurance, identities are stolen so that illegal immigrants can have a Social Security card, and the Supreme Court has ruled that the taxpayers must pick up the tab for primary and secondary school education for the children of illegal immigrants.

Now, House Democrats are poised to require our colleges and universities to offer illegal immigrants the same price for college if they can prove they went to Maryland high school for two years.  In the Golden State, similar legislation was passed and resulted in a class of graduate and undergrad students at the state’s University of California that may have been as high as 30% undocumented

In addition to the regular arguments against extending the benefits of citizenship to those who are blatantly violating our immigration laws, there are several reasons why this bill is a bad idea.  First of all, Maryland post-secondary schools only offer a certain number of slots for students receiving in-state tuition.  If HB 612 passes, legal American citizens have less of a chance to attend a Maryland school because in-state tuition slots will be filled with illegal immigrants.  Another point to consider is that by passing this bill, we are giving privileges to illegal immigrants that we do not offer to the men and women in our Armed Forces.  Currently Maryland does not give in-state tuition to residents serving in the armed forces who are, at best, technically nonresidents. 

On the Republican side of the ledger, Delegate Pat McDonough has proposed a different plan, HB 802, which would require that any university or community college first determine the application status of every legal resident who applies for school before offering any in-state breaks to undocumented immigrants, excepting those applying under a valid student visa. 

To us, this makes sense.  Let’s not provide any special benefits to those who are here because they or their parents broke the law.

4 thoughts on “No In-State Tuition For Illegal Immigrants

  1. I am a service disabled veteran married to an active duty miltary Senior NCO. I was born and raised in Maryland and we will be retiring there for good in a few years. My husband is finishing his career overseas. He starts his unaccompanied (mandatory unaccompanied) tour overseas later this year. I decided to move our family back home. I applied for Graduate school at the University of Maryland. Even though I have four years of high school (this bill required two for illegals) at a MD school, was born in Maryland, am an honorably discharged veteran, and am married to an active duty service member, I was denied in state tuition. Do I think illegal immigrants are entitled to a benefit that my home state will deny me? Short answer, HELL NO!

  2. “Let’s not provide any special benefits to those who are here because they or their parents broke the law.”

    This comment is completely RIDICULOUS!
    Consider this: At least most illegal immigrants are trying to do something with their lives and go to college or technical schools. Can you see it from their perspective? Apparently not.

  3. It is wrong to let this Bill pass. If the state law makers allow in state tuition to illegals let’s lower our standards further and give them free housing, they already get something millions of U.S. citizens don’t get (Free Medical Care) I think all our Politicians should start talking to the folks in their districts about how we live.

  4. THESE FREELOADING ILLEGAL ALEINS ARE NO LONGER KIDS .THEY ARE AT LEAST 18 YEARS OLDS. THEY CAN GO BACK TO THEIR COUNTRY AND GO TO SCHOOL AND NOT PLACE THAT HARDSHIP ON THE LAW BIDDING CITIZENS OF THIS COUNTRY.ONE MORE THING. THEIR NO IMMAGRATION PROBLEM IN THIS COUNTRY.WE JUST HAVE LAWMAKERS,SENATORS,POLICEMEN,GOV.MAYOR,EXECUTIVE AND MANY WHO REFUSE TO ENFORE THE LAW.THIS IS A COUNTRY OF LAWS.JUST ENFORE THE .AND DON’T GIVE ME THIS WE CAN’T DEPORT THEM.THAT BULL SH… STOP GIVING THEM JOBS,DRIVER LICENCES,SOCIL SERVICES.HEALTH CARE AND SUBTIZED TUTION THEY WILL LEAVE .LET THEM KNOW THEY ARE KNOW THEY NOT WANTED IN THIS COUNTRY ILLEGALLY

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