Dream Act supporters ramp up campaign

Supporters of Maryland's Dream Act, a measure passed by the General Assembly last year extending in-state college tuition to the children of some illegal immigrants, are staging a series of events this week to build momentum in their effort to uphold it in next month's referendum.

Tuesday brings an afternoon news conference with U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings at the Patterson Park Public Charter School, where principal Chad Kramer and faculty members were expected to call for passage of Question 4.

On Tuesday night, University of Maryland President Wallace Loh and state Sen. Victor Ramirez, a Prince George's County Democrat who sponsored the bill, at a gathering of religious leaders at a Seventh-Day Adventist church in Silver Spring.  

Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker will join State's Attorney Angela Alsobrooks and Ramirez Thursday for a news conference at Prince George's Community College in Largo. Later that day, U.S. Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin and several state lawmakers will appear at a student rally on the UM College Park campus.

On Saturday, the Educating Maryland Kids ballot committee will hold a march and rally in Silver Spring to coincide with the start of early voting. Meanwhile, the group's television ads are up in the Baltimore and Washington media markets.

There still isn't much sign of a counterpunch from the underfunded opponents who petitioned the measure to referendum. Unlike the same-sex marriage and gambling expansion ballot questions, this contest looks more and more like a one-sided fight.

UPDATE: Del. Pat McDonough, one of the leading opponents of the Dream Act, announced that he will appear Tuesday night at 7 p.m. at the Community College of Baltimore County Essex Campus to provide information about his position. The Baltimore County Republican said supporters of the act had been there previously.



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