(BALTIMORE, MD, 1/30/20)Â â€“ The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today applauded Maryland state lawmakers on affirming their support for undocumented studentsâ€™ access to education by voting to override Governor Hoganâ€™s veto of last yearâ€™s DREAM Act tuition bill.
SEE:Â Maryland lawmakers override 5 vetoes by the governor
â€œTodayâ€™s news is a victory for everyone who believes that all young people deserve an opportunity to secure an education and a better future for themselves regardless of their circumstances and immigration status,â€ said CAIR Director of Maryland Outreach Zainab Chaudry. â€œOur state lawmakers who voted in support of reversing the veto on this measure are on the right side of history.
In 2019, dozens of democratic lawmakers cosponsored Senate Bill 537/House Bill 262, whichÂ stood to expand the Maryland Dream Act and remove some requirements for undocumented students to receive in-state college tuition.
In part, it enables these students to by-pass community college, apply directly to a four-year institution and still be eligible to pay in-state tuition,Â and also guarantees according to the Maryland Dream Act that if a student received in-state tuition under federal DACA or TPS programs, they will continue to receive these benefits at the state level as long as they pay state taxes, even if the federal program is terminated. Â
The bill was one of eight passed during the 2019 legislative session, and then vetoed by Governor Hogan in May. A three-fifths vote in each chamber is required to override a veto. Today, lawmakers voted 95-43 in the House and 31-15 in the Senate to secure the majority required to reverse his decision. Â
CAIRâ€™s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.
La misiÃ³n de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensiÃ³n del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.
CONTACT: CAIR Director of Maryland Outreach Zainab Chaudry,Â firstname.lastname@example.org,Â 410-971-6062