Tuition breaks for undocumented immigrants penalize law-abiding students

May 15, 2011

I read with dismay your front page stories "O'Malley signs tuition break" and "Seniors stunned by Md. scholarship cuts" (May 11).

Of the scholarship cuts, Gov. Martin O'Malley's spokesperson was quoted as stating that "when we're dealing with the kind of recession we've been dealing with, every program can't be protected." Yet the governor decided to support a tuition break for illegal immigrants?

What kind of message does that send to the 350 law-abiding high school seniors who earned the merit scholarships?

Measures such as the tuition break for undocumented students only encourage further illegal immigration to our state and country.

Perhaps the governor and the tuition break's supporters in the legislature should focus on protecting deserving students rather than on those who disregard our nation's laws.

Edward Joseph, Bel Air

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