CAPS’ recent lead website article exposed how illegal alien students at major universities unfairly access affirmative action. The story focused on the University of Maryland and its DREAM Act that Governor Martin O’Malley signed into law last week. [University Insiders: Illegal Immigrants Get Affirmative Action, by Maxim Lott, FoxNews.com, May 17, 2011] According to University of Maryland computer science Professor James Purtilo and as cited by reporter Maxim Lott, illegal alien students are often given preferential treatment. Purtilo, recalling the time when he was an associate dean, said he frequently saw admissions’ officers favor “undocumented” students over citizens. Calling it “the norm,” Purtilo added: “They favor students with special circumstances. ‘Undocumented alien’ would be one of these special circumstances…They help fill out the diversity picture for the admissions office.” This is an outrage above and beyond the normal disgraces involving illegal alien entitlements. The good news is that O’Malley’s brazen defiance of federal law spurred patriotic Maryland voters into action. Maryland DREAM Act opponents have begun to collect signatures to force a 2012 ballot referendum. Petitioners must submit 55,736 valid signatures from registered voters to the state Board of Elections by June 30. At least one-third of the signatures, or 18,579, must be turned in by May 31. Realistically, about 100,000 signatures should be submitted to allow for invalidations because of incorrect address, failure to list a middle name or other technicalities. [Foes Push Repeal as DREAM Act Cheered, by David Hill, Washington Times, May 17, 2011] Organizers, who claim to be “very close” to signature total, have been helped by creating an Internet website that allows visitors to print and circulate their own copy of the petition. Patrick L. McDonough, a Baltimore County Republican who is one of the petition drive’s leaders said about the DREAM Act’s supporters, “I think they’re celebrating too soon. They shouldn’t be popping the champagne corks just yet.” The referendum effort represents Maryland’s last chance to end this grossly unfair legislation that hurts young Americans by giving away competitive openings at the state’s leading university to illegal immigrants.