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Advocates For And Against Debate Maryland 'Dream Act' Bill

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Maryland high school student Daniel Sanchez shows his support for the state's version of the DREAM Act during a hearing in February.
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Maryland high school student Daniel Sanchez shows his support for the state's version of the DREAM Act during a hearing in February.

Ruth Getz is in Annapolis with other members of 'Help Save Maryland'. She's part of a public hearing on the so-called 'Maryland Dream Act'.

The measure would allow students without legal resident status to pay lower in-state college tuition so long as they graduate from a Maryland high school they've attended for at least two years.

"Why should we have to fund and subsidize children who are victims of their parents' disrespect for the law of our country and our land," Getz asks.

Outside the hearing room, Getz debates with an undocumented high school student.

Getz: "Why should he have to pay out of state? You're not even a resident."

Student: "But that's the rule for in state tuition."

Yoland Vargas Barba says Getzs argument missed the point.

"I don't think she understands that competition is still going to be there no matter if you're documented or not because colleges are still looking at whoever has the best scores," she says.

The bill is sponsored by Democratic state Sen. Victor Ramirez who emigrated from El Salvador as a child.

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