They did it! And you helped.
Maryland citizens – outraged by the disgraceful passage of the ‘Dream Act’ in-state tuition bill for illegal aliens – rose up and delivered a blow against Gov. Martin O’Malley’s sanctuary state agenda. Needing 56,000 signatures to block the act from taking effect on July 1st, opponents got well over 100,000 signatures! State elections officials say they have certified most of the nearly 56,000 needed to suspend the law and send it to a statewide referendum in November 2012. The law had been scheduled to take effect Friday, but it has been suspended while officials await a final tally on the signatures.
As a result the law is barred from taking effect through at least Jan 1, 2013. Bravo Maryland patriots! Thank you Neil Parrott and MDPetitions.com, Del. Pat McDonough, Jeff Werner and others for their fantastic leadership and unprecedented achievement. And thank you also to the nearly 22,000 Stand With Arizona Facebook members from MD for helping to make this happen. We sent out 14 updates over the past 3 months to spur action, and you all responded in FORCE, just as you did last fall with 260,000 phone calls to help stop Dicky Durbin’s ‘DREAM’ nightmare.
UPDATE: The ACLU and La Raza group CASA de Maryland are acting like the sore losers they always are when their corruptocrats or Judges on their payroll fail to stop the will of the People, and are now challenging the petitions:
The ACLU of Maryland began raising questions last month about a website used by organizers of an effort to force a referendum on the Dream Act, which would allow illegal immigrants to pay in-state tuition at Maryland colleges and universities.
The group said the site, mdpetitions.com, violates state petition laws by using online voter records to automatically fill in residents’ names, dates of birth and ZIP codes. The site also allows residents to download and circulate their own copy of the petition.
But hypocrisy is the ACLU’s strong suit. As the Washington Times notes, just two months before the Maryland chapter questioned the legality of MDPetitions’ online petitions, the group’s Utah chapter filed a lawsuit demanding that its state ALLOW online signatures for referendum efforts.
(The) ACLU of Utah, which in March sued its state to allow online “e-signatures” in place of handwritten signatures.
“They’re speaking out of both sides of their mouths and being inconsistent,” said Delegate Neil C. Parrott, Western Maryland Republican who has led the petition effort. “It’s simply because they don’t want to see the bill go to referendum.”
So the ACLU will try, but will ultimately fail to stop the majority of voters who stand against Gov. O’Malley’s lawbreaking “New Americans” getting taxpayer breaks on tuition. So let’s celebrate a job well done, at least for one day. And then on to more state battles to uphold the rule of law.
Now if only we could defund CASA de Maryland (and La Raza).
UPDATE: The Final tally is in: 132,000 signatures! WTG Maryland!
Today, MD Petitions submitted our final collection of signatures to get In State Tuition for Illegal Aliens SB167 to Referendum for the Citizens of Maryland to vote on in 2012. By July 20th, the numbers will show that it will make the Ballot. Barring legal challenges of course and the Non Profit Status Violations of Casa De Maryland, there will be nothing stopping this from occurring.
Our final total, unofficially, 132,000 Signatures.
Washington County Coordinator and Social Media Director
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