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The DREAM Act is on the ballot in Maryland this fall.

Last year, the Maryland General Assembly passed legislation granting in-state tuition rates to DREAMers, which Governor Martin O'Malley signed into law. But anti-immigrant forces in the state collected enough signatures to put the measure on the ballot. The campaign to defend the DREAM Act is Educating Maryland Kids. Voters in Maryland who support DREAMers are being asked to vote FOR Question 4.

Today, we got some good news today with the release of another poll showing strong support:

Fifty-eight percent say they will vote to uphold an immigrant tuition law while 34 percent say they will vote against it. Eight percent are undecided. The “Dream Act” would allow undocumented students to pay in-state college tuition rates under certain conditions, including having parents who file state tax returns.

Varying levels of African American support help explain the results, according to Gonzales.

Seventy percent of black voters support the “Dream Act,” while only 31 percent support the expanded gambling measure.

Last week, a poll conducted for the campaign found support for Question 4 at 60%:
The campaign to defend the Maryland DREAM Act, Educating Maryland Kids, today released a new poll that found significant majority support for Question 4, the ballot referendum on the Maryland DREAM Act.

Sixty percent of likely voters statewide polled affirmed their support for the Maryland DREAM Act, which would ensure that all students who graduated from Maryland high schools and whose families pay Maryland taxes can pay in-state tuition at Maryland colleges and universities, regardless of immigration status. Another 14% were undecided, with only 26% opposed to the law. Three-fifths of white voters and three-fourths of African Americans voters support Question 4.

“We are in a strong position going into the last stretch of the campaign,” said Travis Tazelaar, campaign manager for Educating Maryland Kids.   “These high levels of support demonstrate that when voters understand what this law is about, and that it’s a simple matter of fairness, they know voting ‘for’ Question 4 on November 6 is good for both our state and our students.”

This is good news. No doubt, the anti-immigrant side are seeing these same numbers and will redouble their efforts to defeat the DREAM Act. As we know all too well, that crowd will stop at nothing.

If you live in Maryland, vote FOR Question 4 on November 6th. And, make sure your family and friends do, too.

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Comment Preferences

  •  I'll be voting yes on 4. nt (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    dadadata, radarlady, JanetT in MD

    A society grows great when old men plant trees in whose shade they know they shall never sit. - Greek proverb

    by marleycat on Wed Sep 26, 2012 at 11:30:42 AM PDT

  •  Gambling is a tossup: (0+ / 0-)
    ●Statewide, 45 percent of voters say they will vote for the expanded gambling proposal, while 46 percent say they will vote against it. Nine percent are undecided. ...
    Which helps fill in the blank in your first quote.

    Thump! Bang. Whack-boing. It's dub!

    by dadadata on Wed Sep 26, 2012 at 11:57:59 AM PDT

  •  Gay marriage not quite as iffy: (0+ / 0-)
    ●Fifty-one percent say they will vote to uphold the state’s same-sex marriage law, while 43 percent say they will vote against it. Six percent are undecided.
    Same source.

    Thump! Bang. Whack-boing. It's dub!

    by dadadata on Wed Sep 26, 2012 at 11:58:46 AM PDT

  •  Polling calls (0+ / 0-)

    I have received multiple polling phone calls this season and most of them deal with the gambling question.  Last night was the first one to ask about the DREAM Act...and then went into a ten minute set of questions about the gambling question.    I have also only had one question about gay marriage and it was just a simple support or don't support question...and then another 10 minutes about gambling.  It seems as though the gambling questions are aimed at trying to massage the message.  I am actually against it.  I don't think gambling is the answer...and by investing in that you miss out on other development opportunities.  How has Atlantic City turned out for NJ these days?  There are already 5 approved gambling sites in Maryland (and I think three of those already are open to the public), that is more than enough...and we don't need table gaming.

    I think the DREAM Act will pass with no problem.

    "When a nation goes down, or a society perishes, one condition may always be found; they forgot where they came from. They lost sight of what had brought them along." --Carl Sandburg

    by Mote Dai on Wed Sep 26, 2012 at 12:49:30 PM PDT

    •  I would be for table gaming without opening a new (0+ / 0-)

      facility in PG county. The one at Rocky Gap never should have been put there, it should have  been at National Harbor from the start. But a lack of table gaming does hurt the competitiveness of the casinos in Maryland vice the ones in WV and DE.

  •  Question About the Dream Act (0+ / 0-)

    I will definitely vote for the Dream Act but have question, which you may or may not know the answer to. Does the Dream Act include in-county tuition for the Community Colleges as well if the student resides in the county?

    With today's tuition costs, MD has a very good deal where graduates from some (maybe all, I'm not sure) of the community colleges are guaranteed a place in a MD State University if they do well and graduate.  The cost of the community colleges is a fraction of the state tuition, so it's a very good deal.  The graduate still has a degree from MD.

    "The Trouble with the rat race is that even if you win, you're still a rat." attributed to Lily Tomlin

    by uniqity on Wed Sep 26, 2012 at 01:47:54 PM PDT

  •  I've been polled (0+ / 0-)

    On all of these. But my favorite was the Romney robo -call telling me that if I didn't press one to donate $3 to his campaign Obama would be president UNTIL 2016! I laughed and hung up. I think it
    was intended for my husband the Independent.

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