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Dream Act: College is a privilege, not a right

If all the conditions for children of illegal immigrants to receive in-state college tuition rates are met — including graduating from a Maryland high school, having parents who pay their taxes and three years of residency in the state — then there is no reason such students should pay more for their college education.

It's only when these conditions are not met that we end up penalizing out-of-state and foreign students, and overburden the taxpayers who support the state's two- and four-year colleges.

Unfortunately, education is not free. At the university level, it is a privilege that should not be abused by those who don't deserve it.

Nelson Marans, Silver Spring

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