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Heated House Debate Over in-State Tuition for Children of Illegals

By Chris Gordon
|  Friday, Apr 8, 2011  |  Updated 7:04 AM EDT
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A plan to offer in-state tuition to undocumented immigrants in Maryland was hotly debated in the House of Delegates Thursday without resolution.

Chris Gordon

A plan to offer in-state tuition to undocumented immigrants in Maryland was hotly debated in the House of Delegates Thursday without resolution.

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The University of Maryland at  College Park and the 10 other institutions of higher education in the state system already reject American students even if they live in Maryland because they don’t have enough space for all applicants

In a heated House of Delegates debate Thursday, opponents of in-state tuition for undocumented immigrants argued that it is an unconstitutional reward for children of parents who came to the U.S. illegally.

If his relatives came to live with him to get a break on a Maryland education, they wouldn't get one, Delegate Rick Impallaria said.

Opponents are offering 20 amendments to the bill, including requirements that the foreign students register with the selective service and apply for U.S. citizenship.

Yves Gomes is a Montgomery College student who hopes to go to the University of Maryland and become a doctor. For years children like him have been punished because their parents came here illegally. It's his dream to apply for citizenship

Supporters of the Dream Act believe this is the year it will become law.

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