Maryland’s DREAM Act Referendum

 2012 UUA General Assembly Vigil Outside Tent City, Phoenix AZ

Several thousand UUs Attending the 2012 UUA General Assembly hold a candlelight vigil outside of

the Tent City jail complex in Arizona, Standing on the Side of Love.


Educating Maryland's Kids


Maryland's DREAM Act (SB 167/HB 470) was passed by the General Assembly and signed by Governor O'Malley in 2011.  It was petitioned to referendum and   on November 6, 2012, the voters of Maryland upheld the implementation of the law.  Throughout the state, UUs spoke out in favor of this law. 

"By joining with other faith and secular groups, Maryland Unitarian Universalists helped bring about the historic vote that enabled our state to become the first to pass a version of the DREAM Act by popular vote.  You were active, you were vocal.  You spoke out for fairness by supporting a law that would allow qualified young people to continue their education in order to be better able to reach for their goals and dreams.  Once more, you have helped demonstrate our UU belief in the worth and dignity of all!"

----The Reverend David Carl Olson, Minister, First Unitarian Church, Baltimore and UULM-MD DREAM Act Referendum Co-Chair

----Steve Buckingham, UULM-MD Vice-Chair, Goodloe Memorial UU Congregation and UULM-MD DREAM Act Referendum Co-Chair

----Don Chery, UULM-MD Board, River Road UU Congregation and UULM-MD DREAM Act Referendum Co-Chair

The DREAM Act:

Question 4:  Establishes that individuals, including undocumented immigrants, are eligible to pay in-state tuition rates at community colleges in Maryland, provided the student meets certain conditions relating to attendance and graduation from a Maryland high school, filing of income taxes, intent to apply for permanent residency, and registration with the selective service system (if required); makes such students eligible to pay in-state tuition rates at a four-year public college or university if the student has first completed 60 credit hours or graduated from a community college in Maryland; provides that students qualifying for in-state tuition rates by this method will not be counted as in-state students for purposes of counting undergraduate enrollment; and extends the time in which honorably discharged veterans may qualify for in-state tuition rates.