Letter: Dream Act An Unfair, Unaffordable Burden

Del. Pat McDonough urges voters to vote no on Question 4.

The burden on the citizen taxpayer will never stop if the so-called Maryland Dream Act is allowed to become law. Let us put aside emotional misinformation and whip out our calculators.

One illegal alien student completing a four-year college program will cost the taxpayers up to $42,000. It breaks down to an $8,000 tuition discount for two years of community college and a $32,000 discount for two years at the University of Maryland.

The advocates for the Dream Act claim that only one percent of the student body statewide will be illegal aliens. That translates into 1,500 Dream Act students per year, costing the taxpayers $63,000 annually. When all four classes are established and in place, taxpayers will be compelled to pay $228 million a year.

All 16 community colleges in Maryland, are currently underfunded. Most of them have increased their tuition rates at least twice during the past four years. Every time an illegal alien student assumes a slot, a reduced amount of funding is suffered by the community college.

As the revenue in college decreases and the student burdens increase, the number of slots available is reduced. “Open enrollment” is based only on revenue availability. The Dream Act will create “displacement” of Maryland student citizens. Last year, about 27,000 people applied for entrance into the University of Maryland. Only 7,000 were accepted.

Presently tens of thousands of American out of state students and foreign nationals pay hundreds of millions of dollars into our education system. They must pay out-of-state tuition fees, which their contributions pay for about 25 percent of the operating costs of colleges, bringing relief to Maryland taxpayers.

The Dream Act student, not having to pay out-of-state tuition costs if the Dream Act is enacted, will displace these out-of-state students, causing a loss in revenue which must be replaced by the taxpayers, tuition increases, or reduced spending.

The amazing fact is that taxpayers, at some point in time, will be paying more than $200 million a year to educate people who cannot legally work in this state or country. It is a federal felony for an employer to hire anyone who is an illegal alien. Even President Obama’s temporary deferment does not provide them with lawful presence or permanent residence. “The Obama memo” of temporary deferment for work permits probably will not survive judicial review.

The Dream Act does not require the payment of taxes. It simply mandates the filing of tax returns. In many cases, illegal aliens send part of their income back to their homelands depriving the American economy of that cash stimulus which the American economy needs. The Pew Hispanic Center estimates that $32 billion dollars is funneled to Mexico alone.

The Dream Act claims that students will sign an affidavit promising to seek out a pathway to citizenship.Under current federal law, as illegal aliens they have no pathway to citizenship available. Therefore, the affidavit which is supposed to be a legal document is, in reality, a useless deception.

The “People’s Petition” collected more than 130,000 signatures in less than 60 days.  That effort was an historic achievement propelled by the people’s passion regarding the unfairness of the Dream Act. That passion will continue on Nov. 6, Election Day, when the voters will support the rule of law, citizenship, fairness, and economic justice for taxpayers and vote “No” to Question 4.

Serving the People,

Delegate Pat McDonough, Harford and Baltimore Counties

McDonough, a Republican, lives in Middle River.

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Steve January 02, 2013 at 10:50 PM
Your link has absolutely nothing to do with the topic. "It costs the parent of one child in the county $13,000 per student" That is gibberish.
Buzz Beeler January 02, 2013 at 11:00 PM
When is the last time you looked at the county board of ed budget or did a PIA? Do your homework. Just take a look at California and see where we are headed.
amdactivist January 02, 2013 at 11:03 PM
Buzz i've provided much info and these #$%%#@# haven't a clue about anything. They are malcontents and will always take up for illegals vs citizens.. Something wrong with that..
Steve January 02, 2013 at 11:04 PM
"When is the last time you looked at the county board of ed budget or did a PIA?" Just a couple of minutes ago.... The board of education budget doesn't differentiate between "legal" and "illegal" students. California has nothing to do with Maryland. Different states on different coasts with different problems.
amdactivist January 02, 2013 at 11:05 PM
your the only nonsense on this board. You and fifa .. uneducated big mouths. Always fighting without a clue yet you never believe the truth. You have serious issues Steve. You and Fifa related?
Steve January 02, 2013 at 11:09 PM
Even "legal" immigrants have to wait for 5 years before applying for assistance..
FIFA January 03, 2013 at 02:32 AM
Jackie Auburn of Essex, do your neighbors know you behave this way? You might just have a lower IQ than the speed limit on I-95. I was wrong, you do have a lower IQ than that. It is most amazing to see people like you type on the Patch. That just goes to show how hard it is to type, eh? You predicted Obama to lose, Dream Act to lose, same sex marriage to lose, gambling to lose and redistricting to lose. How about how we managed to steal the election from you? Especially the Dream Act, that was a landslide. We must have snuck in a lot of brown skins for that one, eh?
FIFA January 03, 2013 at 02:34 AM
PS Jackie, you clearly don't have a college degree and I am suspicious of your GED as well. Where did you get it from? Dundalk High?
Bart January 03, 2013 at 03:22 AM
Say what you want, but the bills PASSED! The majority of Maryland voters supported a more progressive society. Many of us are proud to be progressive Marylanders! If you don't like it, there's always Mississippi! I for one, will always vote against anything McDonough supports. He's a buffoon, and an embarrassment to Maryland. How does he keep getting re-elected?
Parkvillehoney January 03, 2013 at 04:29 AM
Dear Patch Monitors. The posts made by some of your readers are really offensive defamatory and abusive. Your "Terms of Use" state this type of content will not be allowed. I think if a person make derogatory remarks about someone, they should be banned from further posts. I want to read posts about a reader's opinion concerning the story line not stupid posts defaming someone. I think many of the defaming posts border on bullying, which should not be accepted by the Patch.
Steve January 03, 2013 at 05:40 AM
There is very little that you can do about their posts PH. I think Beeker and Amdactivist are protected species..
Buzz Beeler January 03, 2013 at 02:40 PM
Bart we are becoming a socialist nation where the population depends on the government to survive. Tis progressive notion is destroying Europe in recession and Greece's near depression. Explain to me how we are going to get out of $16.5 trillion in debt while we continue to run up trillion dollar deficits. The current debt is 115% of GDP. Do you know what that means? It means we are bankrupt face another downgrade and are quickly on the road to a depression. Explain our way out of this progressiveness and socialism. Do not confuse the two with humane rights. This is economics.
Buzz Beeler January 03, 2013 at 02:45 PM
Steve you have accused me of a crime, being the leader of the KKK and libeled me, now who is the protected species. You are the ones using the fake names. If I say or write something that libels someone I'm not hard to find to sue. If you and PH want to put a stop to these comments use real verifiable names and see how fast people like you Steve disappear.
Tim January 03, 2013 at 02:46 PM
I completely agree. This place needs more editors/moderators. Emily honestly hasn't been giving this the time it needs. The amount of straight up belligerence among posters on here is downright pathetic.
Tim January 03, 2013 at 02:52 PM
Buzz, although I don't agree with your ascertation that the country is becoming socialist (the vast majority of people have NO real idea what socialism truly is), your debt concerns are on the mark. However, where I come on this is here: The fiscal cliff deal? It's an abject failure - but not for the reasons the neo-cons would suggest. See, the CBO suggestes this cliff deal adds 3.9 trillion to the debt in the next 10 years, but while faux news harps on 50 billion here, and 20 billion there of 'pork', the real failing is the bush tax cuts becoming permanent on 98% of the population. That ALONE is what is going to drive about 3.4 trillion out of 3.9 trillion in increased debt. Our government has failed us because neither party had the nerve to rock the boat and eliminate the Bush Tax Cuts. These cuts should've been responsibly ended the moment we put boots on the ground in Iraq. http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/8f45b6c8-54f5-11e2-a628-00144feab49a.html#axzz2GvGAkVNi Our country's leaders - both parties - continue to fail us, year in and out.
Tim January 03, 2013 at 02:54 PM
We could say the same about you, Steve. You belligerently attack Beeler at any opportunity, I've observed this for months now. If I were moderating this place, you'd have been IP banned months ago.
Buzz Beeler January 03, 2013 at 04:52 PM
Thanks, Tim for your remark. I appreciate it. It's sad but I feel this is the wave of the future and deep seated problems for the country. Steve used to be know as Robert Armstrong who had numerous comments deleted for violation of terms of use. Again thanks for your comment.
Buzz Beeler January 03, 2013 at 04:55 PM
Tim nice response and well written. I agree that leadership has little to do with as D or R.
Steve January 03, 2013 at 07:00 PM
No, Beeker since day 1 I have always been Steve. That is the name my parent's gave me. I think you are confused. Your buddy Sanchez (formerly known as Joe and Joey before he was banned/suspended) has had numerous comments deleted. I haven't had one comment deleted.
Buzz Beeler January 03, 2013 at 08:15 PM
First off you are using the same language as you did under the name Armstrong. Secondly you made he same statement to me when you said your parents gave you the name Robert. Your just not very credible or understand that a person's style of writing over a period of time is like a finger print. You use the same certain words that no one else used like "tinfoil hat time", which you used under both names. You are the former Robert Armstrong AKA AdamBaum and Steve.
Steve January 03, 2013 at 08:19 PM
ROTFLMAO You also accused me of being Frank and FIFA and somebody named Stank ! (amongst a host of other posters)
Buzz Beeler January 03, 2013 at 08:28 PM
That is the way you addressed it.
Steve January 03, 2013 at 08:38 PM
Timmy, if I was a Moderator, I would ban you just for being a little whiner. All you do is complain. You and Eeyore are a great tag team.
Tim January 03, 2013 at 08:43 PM
Nothing but sad and pathetic insults, Steve. My feelings are crushed. Really.
Vivian Grayson May 02, 2013 at 04:40 PM
i think that you should put your self in a immigrant shoes, take back time if you wanted an chance of education would you want someone that capable to help to get you started, i would .People just want to think about money but if you will just take the time to help an educated immigrant can probably make 10 times as much money for the carerr. these days people just think bout money they dont think about the satistfaction
CP May 02, 2013 at 04:49 PM
Why cant they apply for citizenship like they are supposed to? European, Asian and Middle Eastern immigrants go through the proper process. Why don't the Spanish speaking ones do it? Are they stupid?
Ashley Virginia May 02, 2013 at 04:55 PM
Pay for Same Sex Marriage??? They have to pay just like the rest of us.
Steve May 02, 2013 at 05:09 PM
A lot of immigrants have no desire to become American Citizens and it's not just the Spanish speaking ones either.
Vivian Grayson May 02, 2013 at 05:32 PM
I totally agree with you, right now all people care about is money
CP May 02, 2013 at 06:01 PM
Without a doubt the majority. Geography says so. Not to mention the 3rd world diseases that are now popping up everywhere. Pedro needs to pack his sh*t up, grab his 30 pack of Busch and jump back over the border. I do not want it. It is ignorance on the Liberals part and not to mention ILLEGAL!!!


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