A bill passed a vote in the Maryland State Senate on Tuesday by a margin of 27 -20 that provides illegal immigrants with in-state tuition discounts. If it makes it through the House, Governor Martin O’Malley plans to sign the bill into law.
According to the proposal within the bill, any illegal immigrant that lives and works in Maryland for three years qualifies for lowered tuition at state colleges and universities. Supporters contend that the measure is intended to assist children who unwillingly relocated to Maryland on their parent’s accord and not their own.
According to legislative analysts, the bill will cost an estimated $800,000 next year and $3.5 million by 2016. Ten other states in the country have already adopted similar measures.
And who will the bill cost, exactly? It will be taken directly out of the pockets of the Maryland tax payer. Sure the illegal immigrants will work for three years (thus having to be documented) and be subject to taxation before they qualify, but will this even come close to covering the cost?
Of course, another quandary immediately comes to mind. If an immigrant is illegal and the state knows this, why is said immigrant permitted to continue working? If the state allows the illegal immigrant to work, is not the state unofficial deeming the immigrant legal? In other words, is Maryland not turning its back to what is supposedly a crime?
Basically, if this bill passes, Maryland is rewarding a crime, not only by allowing the illegal immigrant to work, but also by awarding discounted tuition afterwards. No offense Mr. O’Malley, but there are plenty of disadvantaged children here in the state already that are actual citizens. If we are prepared to throw some more money around, let’s at least give it to them. After all, these children did not choose to be born in Maryland either, or anywhere else for that matter.
That brings us to Maryland’s budget deficit. Rather than cut spending, Maryland’s legislators have decided to try to increase it through yet another program. Ironically, state employees working for the University System of Maryland have been suffering wage freezes and furloughs for years directly caused by Maryland’s failure to control the deficit.
When the same events currently occurring in Wisconsin strike Maryland, please don’t act surprised or angry. After all, we are freely voting into office these politicians who seem to believe that money grows on trees.
It doesn’t, you know. It grows in a federal printing press.