Maryland’s fight over in-state tuition benefits for undocumented college students — illegal immigrants, as some prefer — turned out to be no fight at all but instead a walkover.
Tuesday’s vote on Question 4 showed a resounding 58 percent majority choosing to uphold the 2011 state law known as the Dream Act. The law sets a path for undocumented students to obtain in-state tuition rates if they attended a Maryland high school for three years, meet various other conditions and go first to community college.
Now, Maryland has become the first state to approve such a law through legislation and a popular vote. About 12 states around the country have similar laws and policies. Texas, under Gov. Rick Perry (R), became the first in 2001.