(WASHINGTON TIMES) A controversial Maryland ballot initiative to allow in-state tuition for some illegal immigrants passed Tuesday night after a heated campaign.

The Dream Act, which was petitioned to referendum after being narrowly passed by the General Assembly last year, had garnered 57.7 percent support against 42.3 percent opposed with about two-thirds of precincts reporting when Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley issued a statement acknowledging its passage.

“Marylanders — guided by our belief in the dignity of every individual — have chosen to make the dream of a college education a reality for every child. In order to expand opportunity, we’ve chosen to hold down the costs of college tuition for Maryland families more than any other state,” Mr. O’Malley, a Democrat, said.

 

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