The General Assembly chamber in Maryland has approved in-State college tuition reductions for illegal immigrants.
According to The Baltimore Sun, Maryland lawmakers passed the law on April 11. Democratic Governor Martin O'Malley has already pledged to sign the bill, which would enable undocumented students to receive in-State college tuition breaks. In order to qualify for the financial aid, illegal immigrants have to attend Maryland high schools for at least three years and their families must pay State taxes.
Maryland is slated to become the 11th state to extend in-State college tuition breaks to undocumented students.
"It was never about immigration," Senator Victor Ramirez (D-Prince George) told the media outlet. "It's about what to do with the intellect of our children. Do we invest in them, or kick them to the side? The people win with this bill because we'll have a more educated work force."
April appears to be a big month for illegal immigrants, according to consulting firm ESR Research. In a report entitled Defrauding the American Taxpayer — The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Illegal Immigration, group president Ed Rubenstein states that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) helps illegal aliens collect revenue by transferring income from United States-born taxpayers.
Rubenstein explains that tax day — which is April 18 this year — marks a cash windfall for many illegal immigrants. He claims that the IRS knowingly allows undocumented residents to collect up to $5,750 from the EITC, which is a Federal program that aims to supplement the earnings of low-income workers.