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Sara Ramirez of Gaithersburg, Md., left, holds a sign that reads, "Stop Separating Families" as Director of Casa de Maryland Gustavo Torres, right, speaks during an Immigrant rally outside the White House to call on the President to use executive action to help undocumented immigrants since Congress has failed to pass a comprehensive overhaul of immigration laws, Washington, D.C., Friday, November 7, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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ASSOCIATED PRESS Joseph Sandler, a lawyer representing immigrant advocacy group Casa de Maryland, projects 58,000 of the nearly 109,000 approved signatures in a petition sending the state's Dream Act to referendum should be invalidated. That total would leave the petition drive about 4,000 signatures short of its requirement.

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Silver Spring resident Wendy Hercules, 16, speaks in support of a lawsuit filed by immigrant advocacy group Casa de Maryland that claims elections officials erroneously validated many signatures that helped send Maryland's Dream Act to referendum. The law would allow some illegal immigrants to receive tuition breaks. (Associated Press)