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Maryland DREAM Act Supporters Reflect On Meaning Of Victory

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Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown shaking hands at a Question 4 victory party on Election Night.

Supporters of Maryland's DREAM Act, upheld by voters last week, are still basking in their victory.

The DREAM Act allows undocumented students the ability to receive in-state tuition rates at Maryland's public colleges and universities. Maryland voters were the first in the nation to approve a version of the DREAM Act via referendum, and its margin of victory was much greater than both same-sex marriage and gaming expansion,the two big-ticket items on the ballot.

Montgomery County executive Isiah Leggett says the DREAM Act victory in Maryland is one of a few key reasons why the national debate on immigration has changed.

"The question now is not whether we will have comprehensive immigration reform, it is what type will we have and how soon will we get it," says Leggett. "That's the real debate today. But just think on the other side; had we failed last week, the opposite would have happened."

Leggett spoke Friday morning at Montgomery College, where he presented certificates honoring 20 people and groups which helped get the DREAM Act passed.

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