Maryland's Version Of DREAM Act Signed Into Law | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Maryland's Version Of DREAM Act Signed Into Law

Play associated audio

O'Malley signed the bill on Tuesday in Annapolis, where the Democratic governor posed for five sets of photographs to accommodate supporters during a signing ceremony.

O'Malley says the bill will enable the state to have a more highly educated workforce.

The measure allows illegal immigrants to pay in-state tuition rates at public colleges if they complete two years at a community college. Students also will have to show that their parents paid state income taxes. Male students also will be required to sign up for Selective Service to be eligible for the draft.

Republican opponents are leading a petition drive in hopes of overturning the legislation in a 2012 referendum.

Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.

WAMU's Matt Bush will have more on this story, including reactions from both sides of the debate.

NPR

Not My Job: Skier Mikaela Shiffrin Gets Quizzed On Downhill Cheese Races

If you think downhill ski racing is dangerous, then you've never seen the Gloucestershire Cheese Rolling Races, in which competitors hurl their bodies down a steep hill, chasing a wheel of cheese.
NPR

Spread Of Palm Oil Production Into Africa Threatens Great Apes

Palm oil growers are setting their sights on Africa as they amp up production. More than half of the land that's been set aside for plantations in Africa overlaps with ape habitats, researchers say.
WAMU 88.5

Democrats Push To Overturn Hobby Lobby Ruling

Virginia's Tim Kaine and other Democrats are trying to overturn the ruling with legislation they say will protect female workers.
NPR

Friday Feline Fun: A Ranking Of The Most Famous Internet Cats

Forget the Forbes Celebrity 100. This is the Friskies 50 — the new definitive guide of the most influential cats on the Internet. The list is based on a measure of the cats' social media reach.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.