Brochin: Md. can't afford tuition break for illegal immigrants

March 08, 2011

I was shocked and dismayed to read your editorial on in-state tuition for undocumented aliens ("A flawed compromise," March 7). According to your editorial board, grandstanding politicians cannot come up with one legitimate reason to oppose this bill.

I've got a reason for you: We can't afford it. There are single moms in the state of Maryland who now have to give a portion of their child support back because the state cannot afford to subsidize them any longer. I have overcrowded schools in my district (such as Stoneleigh Elementary) which Baltimore County cannot find a way to financially address. The list goes on and on. To have an unfunded mandate of $800,000 placed on local government is unthinkable.

Succumbing to the will of a group of people who have gained access to this country illegally (no matter how well meaning) may make The Sun feel better, but I find it fiscally irresponsible.

Sen. James Brochin, Annapolis

The writer, a Democrat, represents the 42nd District in Baltimore County.

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