DREAM Act Debated With Maryland Vote Pending

Marylanders will have the chance to reverse the granting of in-state tuition to illegal aliens this election. After a strong effort to collect signatures, the action of the legislature is up for a popular vote via referendum.

Driving the American Way

“A Washington Post article earlier this month about immigrants and driving provides interesting fodder for thought, and unknowingly provides some support to the notion — better, the reality — that immigration is primarily a cultural phenomenon and cannot be understood simply in terms of economics, or even social justice. There are those who, in the debate about immigration, legal and illegal, conveniently prefer to ignore the cultural impact of large numbers of newcomers: newcomers who are not American, who are not familiar with American ways of interacting, American social expectations, or American traditions,” says Dominique Peridans at the CIS blog.

DREAM Act Debated With Maryland Vote Pending

“On Nov. 6, Maryland voters will decide whether to extend the in-state tuition discount at the state’s public collegesand universities to some undocumented students. To qualify, students must have been brought to the United States as children, have attended at least three years of high school in Maryland, and come from families that have filed state tax returns, among other requirements,” the Balitmore Sun reports.

“Legislative analysts estimate that the measure would cost Maryland $3.5 million per year. But some researchers say the students will get better jobs if they go to college and eventually pay millions more in taxes. The proposal was approved last year by the General Assembly and signed into law by Gov. Martin O’Malley, a Democrat. But opponents mounted the state’s first successful petition drive in two decades, gathering more than 108,000 signatures to suspend the law and let the voters decide.”

Michelle Obama Stars In Immigration Ad

“First lady Michelle Obama is featured in a new campaign ad for her husband aimed at reaching Latino voters. The Spanish-language ad shows Obama talking to Cristina Saralegui, who hosts her own show on Univision. The first lady tells Saralegui, known as the “Spanish Oprah,” why it is important for Latinos to vote,” USA Today reports.

About Author


Dan is the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR)'s President after joining the organization in 1982. He has testified more than 50 times before Congress, and been cited in the media as "America's best-known immigration reformer." Dan has appeared on virtually every significant TV and radio news/talk program in America and, in addition to being a contributing editor to ImmigrationReform.com, has contributed commentaries to a vast number of print media outlets.


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    So, are we to ignore all laws governing our immigration poliicy and just close our eyes to those who break into our country? Our LEGAL immigration number need to be drastically reduced – back to the pre-1965 levels. If the number continues as it has, by mid-century we will be host to 100 million poverty-stricken people who come from third world countries. We will no long be the shining example of the world. We will be fighting for food, land, jobs (if they exist) and breathing space, just as they are today in Somalia, India, Haiti or any other third world. Do we really want or need that kind of existance? We’ll no longer be able to help anyone and our grandchilden will wonder why we courted “diversity” to the point of extinction.

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    Given the topic of immigrants in upcoming elections, an interesting new book that helps explain the role, struggles, and contributions of immigrants is “What Foreigners Need To Know About America From A To Z: How to understand crazy American culture, people, government, business, language and more.” It paints a revealing picture of America for those foreigners who will benefit from a better understanding. Endorsed by ambassadors, educators, and editors, it also informs Americans who want to learn more about the U.S. and how we compare to other countries around the world on many issues. As the book points out, immigrants are a major force in America as they are in other nations. Immigrants and the children they bear account for 60 percent of our nation’s population growth. Legal immigrants number 850,000 each year; undocumented (illegal) immigrants are estimated to be half that number. They come to improve their lives and create a foundation of success for their children to build upon, as did the author’s grandparents. Many bring their skills and a willingness to work hard to make their dreams a reality, something our founders did four hundred years ago. In describing America, chapter after chapter identifies “foreigners” who became successful in the US and have contributed to our society. However, most struggle in their efforts and need guidance and a helping hand, be they Dreamers or those who want an education..
    California and other states are now increasingly devising their own solutions to immigration reform, which has stalled in Washington. A poll shows Californians are overwhelmingly in favor of President Obama’s new program granting work permits and a two-year reprieve from deportation to some young people who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children. Respondents also favor granting driver’s licenses to the same group. It found that most Californians want increased border enforcement and think that local police and sheriffs should have a role in apprehending suspected illegal immigrants. However, Californians seem to be sending a message to the federal government that we should be able to find a solution to this problem, somewhere in between amnesty and deportation. http://www.AmericaAtoZ.com

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      Californians Seem to be Sending a Message for Partial Amnesty???

      Have you got s a poll to back up your allegations? Hard working legal Californian families looking for scarce jobs throughout would welcome more immigrant competition in the job market as they would disdain putting gasoline on a raging fire to help put it out…..and don’t give me that hogwash we added all these jobs; the stagnation in the total workforce count in America the last several years throws that allegation down the toilet too.

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    Seattle Times Had an Article About U of W and WSU Enrollment Was Up as Good News

    The increase was 80% foreign out of state tuition students and a mere 20% in state legal Americans. I blogged back the Times magazine Aug article on a US Degree at any cost by the Chinese using fraudulent documents to get accepted and we get China’s rejects from their universities too.

    We’re selling our university slots to the foreigners for the highest bidder….in a way, its a moot point…..we don’t make anything hardly anymore, why do we need hardly any engineers and business degrees in this country anymore?

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      When folks use fraudulent documents to go to college they will be discovered when they apply for employment. It sad when people have to lie these days to get ahead. The truth is always revealed. Remember the airport security gentleman was found out after 22 years this year, he lost everything and was deported back to Hondorus. No retirement there.