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Dream Act supporters hold rally before Election Day

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Karina Velasco is fighting until the end.

She was one of dozens at an election eve rally supporting Maryland’s Question 4, which is on this year’s ballot.

"I'm 22-years-old, and I came to the United States when I was 14-years-old," said Velasco, who spoke at the rally at Montgomery College in Tacoma Park.

Also known as the Dream Act, the rally at Montgomery College was a chance for supporters to send a last minute message to others about the measure.

If passed, the Dream Act allows graduating high school students whose parents pay taxes to pay in-state college tuition.

Velasco added, "I believe in higher education, and I was raised with the idea that education is the path to my success."

The legislation became a referendum after opponents of the measure felt voters should decide. Critics say, if passed, the law would create a financial burden on the state.

A recent poll showed nearly 60 percent of voters supported the Dream Act, but organizers at Monday's rally say they're not stopping until the polls close Tuesday.

"For the first time ever in 225 years, we're going to have the opportunity to vote for a pro-immigrant legislation."

"some of these students are the hardest working, most dedicated students that there are."

Sara Nathan, an English teacher at Rockville High School, said, "I see their potential. They talk about their dreams. They talk about becoming doctors, lawyers, engineers."

"I want to make sure that every kid who is here and every kid who is working has the opportunity to achieve as much as they can."

Organizers remain optimistic Tuesday will start a new chapter for young immigrants in Maryland.

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