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CCBC Minimally Affected by Illegal Immigrant Tuition Law

Less than two dozen students would qualify under the new law, according to college president.

A new law granting in-state tuition for illegal immigrants attending community colleges in Maryland won't have a dramatic effect on the Community College of Baltimore County.

Sandra Kurtinitis, CCBC president, told council members Monday night that only 20 of the college's 74,000 students could potentially qualify under the law.

Kurtinitis called the issue "challenging" but said CCBC has not broken state law and allowed illegal immigrants to pay lower rates "like our colleagues down the road."

Kurtinitis later acknowledged she was speaking about Montgomery College, which is the . Del. Pat McDonough, who is involved in the lawsuit, said the community college system has cost taxpayers $6 million by allowing illegal immigrants to pay in-state tuition rates, which he said violates state and federal laws.

"We follow the law," Kurtinitis said. "Everyone pays what they are required to pay."

Kurtinitis said the 20 illegal immigrant students enrolled at CCBC pay the international rate.

The bill, passed during this year's 90-day General Assembly session, allows illegal immigrants to pay in-state tuition rates if they attended a Maryland high school for three years and can prove their parents paid taxes.

The change is expected to cost the state at least $3.5 million over the next five years, according to state estimates.

Some legislators who opposed the law, as McDonough did, said they expect the change to increase the number of illegal immigrants attending community colleges at in-state rates—which are much cheaper than those paid by out of county and out of state students.

"We do not anticipate that we will see a large growth," Kurtinitis told the council.

Robert Armstrong April 23, 2011 at 02:44 PM
I have never used the word Dunghead. I don't receive any government assistance and I pay more than the average American makes per year in taxes. When did I bring up the word "beach" and how exactly does one "condense"? Illegal immigration isn't a problem in this country. Like I said, it's just an issue which the likes of Faux News uses to keep the old bitter white people in a tizzy. It keeps them from focusing on the real problems the country faces.
Buzz Beeler April 24, 2011 at 01:15 AM
Robert Armstrong commented on: You Said it: Should Illegal Immigrants be Granted In-State Tuition? "1% of what illegals steal...." There you go making things up again. You post 2 links. One is about "Dunghead media" and the … First I accept the responsibility for my typo and misuse of the word. Robert, does the above quote from your own typed words jog your memory. You do remember the quote don't you. It was taken off your comments section. So much for creditability. "I don't receive any government assistance and I pay more than the average American makes per year in taxes." Per Robert's quote. How can you pay any taxes when you don't work. We would all love to see how you can pay more taxes than the average American makes. What type of job do you claim to have? Illegal immigration is one of the real problems this country faces. California spends $1.2 billion dollars on illegals in prison. Here is your safe border assessment. http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/04/29/border-states-dealing-illegal-immigrant-crime-data-suggests/ Like most people living in the shadows they lack any credibility. "how things are at the beach." The answer to when you brought up the word beach taken from you comment on 4/22/11, at 11:46 a.m. Why am I debating a child? I do this every time. Its like when a baby cries and you give it attention. I am as much to blame as he is.
Tom Henry May 02, 2011 at 08:30 PM
CCBC's President obviously does not get it. It does not matter if it affects 20 or 20,000 students. If this law is allowed to take hold, students will flood from other states that don't allow it, crowding those out who have been lawful citizens since birth. We are also running a $1.1 billion structural deficit, how do we propose to fund it?
sharon kneebone September 14, 2011 at 07:36 PM
I completely agree with Ann. Being married to a legal foreign national - it saddens me to think we continue to reward illegals. Ann is correct that Maryland will become even more of a magnet for illegal immigrants
Robert Armstrong September 14, 2011 at 09:03 PM
People aren't going to flock to MD for high school and and an opportunity for instate tuition to a Community College. There aren't any jobs here.

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