Educating Maryland Kids » News http://educatingmarylandkids.org Wed, 07 Nov 2012 15:38:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 Maryland DREAM Act Supporters, Governor O’Malley Celebrate Decisive Victory on Question 4 http://educatingmarylandkids.org/2012/11/07/maryland-dream-act-supporters-governor-omalley-celebrate-decisive-victory-on-question-4/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=maryland-dream-act-supporters-governor-omalley-celebrate-decisive-victory-on-question-4 http://educatingmarylandkids.org/2012/11/07/maryland-dream-act-supporters-governor-omalley-celebrate-decisive-victory-on-question-4/#comments Wed, 07 Nov 2012 15:38:26 +0000 Kristin Ford http://educatingmarylandkids.org/?p=365 In a triumphant outcome for Maryland DREAM Act supporters from across the state, Maryland voters decisively voted today to uphold the Maryland DREAM Act, with 58% of voters casting a ballot in favor of Question 4.  The Maryland DREAM Act ensures that all Maryland students whose families have paid Maryland taxes and who graduated from Maryland high schools are able to pay in-state tuition at Maryland colleges and universities.   A diverse coalition including faith-based, labor union, education, civil rights, and community groups came together to defend the Maryland DREAM Act, which was passed by the state legislature and signed into law by Governor O’Malley in 2011.

“All children will now be able to reach their potential because the people of our state have put a college education within their grasp,” said Governor Martin O’Malley (D-MD), who addressed a crowd of supporters tonight at a victory party at Arcos restaurant in Baltimore and was introduced by Brenda Zavala, a DREAM student at Digital Harbor High School in Baltimore.  “We have made college dreams a reality by passing the DREAM Act!”

“Today, the people of Maryland affirmed their commitment to fairness and educational opportunity for all,” said Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. “With the Dream Act, Maryland now opens the doors to our outstanding educational institutions to the children of hard-working immigrants. By granting our fellow Marylanders access to quality education, we are preparing the state for years of progress and growth.”

Educating Maryland Kids, the Maryland DREAM Act coalition, is comprised of diverse organizations including the Service Employees International Union, the Maryland State Education Association, Maryland Industrial Areas Foundation, Maryland Catholic Conference, NAACPCASA de Maryland and CASA in ActionAmnesty International, American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, American Federation of Teachers, The Intersection, United Food and Commercial Workers,and America’s Voice.

“This is a momentous victory for DREAMers here in Maryland who have done everything we’ve asked of them, excelling in school and contributing to their communities,” said Gustavo Torres, executive director of CASA de Maryland and CASA in Action, who celebrated the Maryland DREAM Act win with hundreds of hard-working students for whom the Maryland DREAM Act will put their dreams of higher education within reach.   “Voters today recognized the vital contributions talented young people, regardless of immigration status, are making to our state.”

Teachers from across the state joined the call for passage of the Maryland DREAM Act.

“With today’s victory for the Maryland DREAM Act, our state once again affirmed its commitment to education,” said Betty Weller, president of the Maryland State Education Association.  “All students we teach deserve a fair shot to pursue higher education and fulfill their potential. The Maryland DREAM Act opens the door of opportunity to talented students who just want the chance to give back to the state they know as home.”

Labor unions, including the Service Employees International Union, are key members of the Educating Maryland Kids coalition pushing for passage of the Maryland DREAM Act.

“SEIU is proud to stand alongside our partners from other labor unions, faith-based organizations, civil rights, and community groups to celebrate the passage of the Maryland DREAM Act,” said Jaime Contreras, vice president of SEIU 32BJ.  “This is a hard-earned victory for our young people and a wise investment in our future.   Allowing every child to pursue their dreams means we’ll be able to build a more highly educated workforce and a stronger economy.”

 

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CAPAD-MD Supports MD DREAM Act http://educatingmarylandkids.org/2012/10/25/capad-md-supports-md-dream-act/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=capad-md-supports-md-dream-act http://educatingmarylandkids.org/2012/10/25/capad-md-supports-md-dream-act/#comments Thu, 25 Oct 2012 14:46:21 +0000 Kristin Ford http://educatingmarylandkids.org/?p=346

The Coalition of Asian Pacific American Democrats of Maryland (CAPAD-MD), whose leadership includes Co-Chairs George Dang and Dr.  Partha Pillai, asked you to vote for the following candidates and question for the benefit of the Asian American community and its immigrant population.  This endorsement is based on its belief that they will best serve the Asian American community. The CAPAD-MD remains neutrual with respect to other candidates and other questions.

1) President and Vice President

Barack Obama and Joe Biden

 2) U.S. Senator

Cardin, Ben

3) Representatives in Congress

Congressional District 01:  Wendy Rosen
Congressional District 02: Dutch C.A. Ruppersberger
Congressional District 03: John Sarbanes
Congressional District 04:  Donna F. Edwards
Congressional District 05:  Steny H. Hoyer
Congressional District 06:  John Delaney
Congressional District 07:  Elijah Cummings
Congressional District 08:  Chris Van Hollen

4) Montgomery County Board of Education
Board of Education At Large:  Phil Kauffmanl
Board of Education District 2: Fred Evans
Board of Educatio District 4:  Christopher Barclay

Question 4-Dream Act to help undocumented immigrants graduated from a Maryland high school to obtain in-state tuition for a Maryland comunity college and after completing the Maryland community college, in-state tuition for Maryland four-year public colleges.  check “For the Referred Law”

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Maryland DREAM Act Advocates Build on Momentum With Coordinated Week of Action http://educatingmarylandkids.org/2012/10/24/maryland-dream-act-advocates-build-on-momentum-with-coordinated-week-of-action/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=maryland-dream-act-advocates-build-on-momentum-with-coordinated-week-of-action http://educatingmarylandkids.org/2012/10/24/maryland-dream-act-advocates-build-on-momentum-with-coordinated-week-of-action/#comments Wed, 24 Oct 2012 14:15:36 +0000 Kristin Ford http://educatingmarylandkids.org/?p=342 Educating Maryland Kids Coalition to Hold Press Conferences, Rallies, Marches Featuring Diverse Advocates and Elected Officials

A recent Washington Post poll found 59% of voters support the Maryland DREAM Act, with only 35% opposed, and advocates for the law are building on this strong momentum and launching a week of coordinated press events and rallies for Question 4. This week, there will be multiple events in Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties and Baltimore City with diverse leaders joining together to urge voters to vote for Question 4 to uphold the Maryland DREAM Act.

Planned activities include a press conference with Congressman Elijah Cummings at Patterson Park Public Charter School in Baltimore on Tuesday at 1 p.m., a major faith-based event in Silver Spring on Tuesday at 7:15 p.m., a Thursday 11:30 a.m. press conference with Prince George’s County leaders including County Executive Rushern Baker and State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks, and a rally with Senator Ben Cardin, other prominent elected officials, and over 100 University of Maryland students on Thursday at 5 p.m. Also, on Saturday at 11 a.m., African immigrants in support of the Maryland DREAM Act will hold an early vote march and rally in support of the Maryland DREAM Act.

More info on all events follows.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

  • Press conference with Congressman Elijah Cummings (D – District 7), DREAM students, Patterson Park Public Charter School principal Dr. Chad Kramer, high school teachers, and local business leader Veronica Cool speaking out for Maryland DREAM Act

WHEN: Tuesday, Oct. 23 at 1 p.m.

WHERE: Patterson Park Public Charter School (27 North Lakewood Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21224)

  • Maryland IAF action and GOTV mobilization with 800 clergy, school, youth and other community leaders launching final push to uphold the Maryland DREAM Act

WHEN: Tuesday, Oct. 23, 7: 15 p.m.

WHERE: Southern Asian Seventh-day Adventist Church (2001 East Randolph Road, Silver Spring, MD)

  • Dr. Wallace D. Loh, president of the University of Maryland and Senator Victor Ramirez will also speak in support of the Maryland DREAM Act on Tuesday, Oct. 23 at 4 p.m. at a forum on campus (in the Nyumburu Multipurpose Room) sponsored by The Center for the History of the New America. Dr. Loh wrote a Washington Post editorial in support of the law in September.

 

Thursday, October 25, 2012

  • Prince George’s County for the DREAM press conference featuring Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker, Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks, and State Senator Victor Ramirez

WHEN: Thursday, Oct. 25 at 11:30 a.m.

WHERE: Prince George’s Community College, Largo Student Center, Community Rooms A and B

  • University of Maryland student-led rally for the Maryland DREAM Act featuring Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Delegate Heather Mizeur, Delegate Joseline Peña-Melnyk, Delegate Ana Sol Gutierrez, Dr. Shorter-Gooden (Chief Diversity Officer and Associate Vice President at the University of Maryland) and over hundred students and DREAMers

WHEN: Thursday, Oct. 25 at 5 p.m.

WHERE: Nyumburu Amphitheatre at the University of Maryland, College Park (next to the Stamp Student Union)

 

Saturday, October 27, 2012

  • Early voting march and rally for the Maryland DREAM Act with hundreds of African supporters and IAF members

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 27, 11 a.m.

WHERE: March from Bethel World Outreach Center (8252 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD) to Silver Spring Civic Building (8525 Fenton Street, Silver Spring, MD), an early voting location

 

Educating Maryland Kids, a coalition of groups including SEIU, the Maryland State Education Association, the Maryland Catholic Conference, Maryland IAF, and CASA de Maryland, recently announced a million dollar ad buy on TV and radio in the Baltimore and Washington, D.C. media markets. Supporters are also canvassing and phone-banking across the state to educate voters about the Maryland DREAM Act, which allows students whose parents paid Maryland taxes and who graduated from Maryland high schools to pay in-state tuition.

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WaPo – Poll: Wide lead for Maryland Dream Act http://educatingmarylandkids.org/2012/10/19/wapo-poll-wide-lead-for-maryland-dream-act/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=wapo-poll-wide-lead-for-maryland-dream-act http://educatingmarylandkids.org/2012/10/19/wapo-poll-wide-lead-for-maryland-dream-act/#comments Fri, 19 Oct 2012 16:47:01 +0000 DREAMer http://educatingmarylandkids.org/?p=339

Maryland voters broadly support a measure that would allow undocumented immigrants to pay in-state tuition rates at public colleges and universities, according to a new Washington Post poll.

A referendum on the law appears as Question 4 on the November ballot. The poll finds 59 percent of likely voters back the measure; 35 percent are opposed.

If passed, Maryland would become the first state nationwide to approve a form of the legislation, known as the Dream Act, by a popular vote. Lawmakers in 13 states have adopted similar policies, although none has faced a statewide test at the ballot box. Federal Dream Act legislation has for years remained stalled in Congress.

Read more here.

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Educating Maryland Kids Ramps Up Million Dollar Maryland DREAM Act Media Buy with New TV Ads Airing in Baltimore http://educatingmarylandkids.org/2012/10/15/educating-maryland-kids-ramps-up-million-dollar-maryland-dream-act-media-buy-with-new-tv-ads-airing-in-baltimore/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=educating-maryland-kids-ramps-up-million-dollar-maryland-dream-act-media-buy-with-new-tv-ads-airing-in-baltimore http://educatingmarylandkids.org/2012/10/15/educating-maryland-kids-ramps-up-million-dollar-maryland-dream-act-media-buy-with-new-tv-ads-airing-in-baltimore/#comments Mon, 15 Oct 2012 17:23:43 +0000 Kristin Ford http://educatingmarylandkids.org/?p=336 A massive media campaign is underway from the supporters of the Maryland DREAM Act with new ads launching today on cable TV in the Baltimore media market pushing for Question 4.  Educating Maryland Kids, the coalition of faith-based, labor union, civil rights, education, and community groups working to protect the Maryland DREAM Act released three new TV ads today and expanded the previously announced radio buy to an additional three stations in Baltimore—WQSR 102.7, WZBA 100.7, and WJZ ESPN 1300.  (The radio ad is already airing during drive-time on WILF 101.9 and WPOC 93.1.)  Overall, the coalition will spend over a million dollars on a media campaign in both the Baltimore and Washington, D.C. media markets before Election Day, when voters will vote on Question 4.

One of the new ads features Maryland Lieutenant Governor Anthony G. Brown and the second includes several Maryland public school teachers, a Catholic priest, and a high-achieving DREAM student.  The speaker in the third video, John Hawks, is a prominent business leader in Baltimore County and a lifelong registered Republican who supports the Maryland DREAM Act.   All three new ads from the Educating Maryland Kids campaign are available online.

The Educating Maryland kids radio ad, now airing on five Baltimore stations, is also available online.

In addition to the major media buy, Educating Maryland Kids and its coalition partners—including SEIU, the Maryland State Education Association, the Maryland Catholic Conference, AFSCME, Maryland IAF, and CASA de Maryland—are canvassing and phone-banking across the state to educate voters about the Maryland DREAM Act, which allows students whose parents paid Maryland taxes and who graduated from Maryland high schools to pay in-state tuition.

The coalition is building on the momentum of multiple polls over the past few weeks showing strong statewide support for the ballot measure—61% according to a recent Mellman Group poll, 58% according to a recent Gonzales Research poll, and 60% according to a recent Garin-Hart-Yang poll.

More and more Marylanders understand that Question 4, the Maryland DREAM Act, is a simple matter of fairness.  Not only will voting ‘for’ Question 4 help level the playing field for all taxpayers and all talented, hard-working students, it will also prove an economic boon to the state of Maryland.  A report from researchers at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, released last week, estimates the state will gain $66 million in economic benefits for each class of DREAM students who enroll in college and further their education.

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Second Poll Finds Strong Majority Support for Maryland DREAM Act http://educatingmarylandkids.org/2012/09/26/second-public-opinion-poll-finds-strong-majority-support-for-maryland-dream-act/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=second-public-opinion-poll-finds-strong-majority-support-for-maryland-dream-act http://educatingmarylandkids.org/2012/09/26/second-public-opinion-poll-finds-strong-majority-support-for-maryland-dream-act/#comments Wed, 26 Sep 2012 16:53:15 +0000 DREAMer http://educatingmarylandkids.org/?p=312 Gonzales Research Poll Corroborates Findings of Last Week’s Garin-Hart-Yang Survey

A newly released poll from independent, Annapolis-based polling firm Gonzales Research confirms the findings from the poll released last week by Educating Maryland Kids—Maryland voters overwhelmingly support the Maryland DREAM Act and plan to vote ‘for’ Question 4. The new Gonzales Research poll found 58% support, 34% opposition, and 8% undecided. The poll commissioned by EMK and conducted by Garin-Hart-Yang Research Group found 60% support, 26% opposition, and 14% undecided.

Maryland voters will decide on the Maryland DREAM Act on November 6 by either voting ‘for’ Question 4 to uphold the law or ‘against’ Question 4 to overturn the law, which was passed by the Maryland legislature in 2011 and signed into law by Governor O’Malley. The Maryland DREAM Act would ensure that all students who graduated from Maryland high schools and whose families pay Maryland taxes are able pay in-state tuition at Maryland colleges and universities, regardless of immigration status.

“This latest poll confirms what we’d already seen. A majority of Maryland voters support the Maryland DREAM Act and want to make sure all students are treated fairly and able to pursue their dreams, ” said Travis Tazelaar, campaign manager for Educating Maryland Kids. “We are continuing to build on this significant momentum and are confident that Marylanders will vote for education, opportunity, and fairness on November 6 by voting ‘for’ Question 4.”

The Garin-Hart-Yang poll asked, “Question Four 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. This referendum also extends the time in which honorably discharged veterans may qualify for in-state tuition rates.” (The Garin-Hart-Yang poll included 503 likely voters statewide and was conducted September 14-16, 2012. The poll memo is available here: http://educatingmarylandkids.org/dream-act-polling-memo/)

The Gonzales poll included 813 registered voters statewide and was conducted September 17-23, 2012. More information on the poll is available here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/maryland-politics/post/poll-md-divided-on-gambling-favors-gay-marriage-and-dream-act/2012/09/25/94735966-0752-11e2-afff-d6c7f20a83bf_blog.html

To be eligible for the Maryland DREAM Act, students must not only graduate from a Maryland high school and pay Maryland taxes but they also must start at a community college and attend for 2 years or attain 60 credits before transferring to a four-year public college or university in the state. When they apply to a four-year institution, they’ll be considered in the pool with out-of-state applicants, so there is no competition between native-born Maryland students and DREAM Act students for spots.

Educating Maryland Kids, the coalition working to protect the Maryland DREAM Act, is comprised of faith-based, education, civil rights, and labor organizations including SEIU, the Maryland State Education Association, Maryland IAF, Maryland Catholic Conference, NAACP, and CASA de Maryland.

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Poll Shows Majority Supports Question 4 http://educatingmarylandkids.org/2012/09/20/new-poll-finds-strong-support-for-question-4/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=new-poll-finds-strong-support-for-question-4 http://educatingmarylandkids.org/2012/09/20/new-poll-finds-strong-support-for-question-4/#comments Thu, 20 Sep 2012 19:00:31 +0000 DREAMer http://educatingmarylandkids.org/?p=308 New Poll Finds Strong Statewide Support for Question 4, Maryland DREAM Act with 60% in Favor

The campaign to defend the Maryland DREAM Act, Educating Maryland Kids, today released a new poll that found significant majority support for Question 4, the ballot referendum on the Maryland DREAM Act.

Sixty percent of likely voters statewide polled affirmed their support for the Maryland DREAM Act, which would ensure that all students who graduated from Maryland high schools and whose families pay Maryland taxes can pay in-state tuition at Maryland colleges and universities, regardless of immigration status. Another 14% were undecided, with only 26% opposed to the law. Three-fifths of white voters and three-fourths of African Americans voters support Question 4.

“We are in a strong position going into the last stretch of the campaign,” said Travis Tazelaar, campaign manager for Educating Maryland Kids.   “These high levels of support demonstrate that when voters understand what this law is about, and that it’s a simple matter of fairness, they know voting ‘for’ Question 4 on November 6 is good for both our state and our students.”

Read the full polling memo here: http://educatingmarylandkids.org/dream-act-polling-memo/

Elected officials, teachers, clergy, students, labor union members, community leaders and other members of the diverse Educating Maryland Kids coalition are educating Maryland voters about the issue and urging them to vote ‘for’ Question 4 on November 6 and continuing to build on the momentum demonstrated by the new poll.

To be eligible for the Maryland DREAM Act, students must not only graduate from a Maryland high school and pay Maryland taxes but they also must start at a community college and attend for 2 years or attain 60 credits before transferring to a four-year public college or university in the state.  When they apply to a four-year institution, they’ll be considered in the pool with out-of-state applicants, so there is no competition between native-born Maryland students and DREAM Act students for spots.

Educating Maryland Kids, the coalition working to protect the Maryland DREAM Act, is comprised of faith-based, education, civil rights, and labor organizations including SEIU, the Maryland State Education Association, Maryland IAF, Maryland Catholic Conference, NAACP, and CASA de Maryland.

The poll included 503 likely voters statewide and was conducted September 14-16, 2012 by Garin-Hart-Yang Research Group.  The poll memo is available here: http://educatingmarylandkids.org/dream-act-polling-memo/.

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Diverse Maryland leaders launch Maryland DREAM Act campaign http://educatingmarylandkids.org/2012/07/18/diverse-maryland-leaders-launch-maryland-dream-act-campaign/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=diverse-maryland-leaders-launch-maryland-dream-act-campaign http://educatingmarylandkids.org/2012/07/18/diverse-maryland-leaders-launch-maryland-dream-act-campaign/#comments Wed, 18 Jul 2012 20:44:26 +0000 Kristin Ford http://educatingmarylandkids.org/?p=188 Catholic Bishop and Diverse DREAM Act Advocates Joined by UMBC President Hrabowski for Launch of Maryland DREAM Act Campaign

Photo Credit: Algerina Perna, Baltimore Sun

Today, dozens of students, teachers, faith leaders and members of civil rights and community organizations and labor unions joined prominent university president Freeman Hrabowski, president of University of Maryland, Baltimore County and Bishop Denis Madden, auxiliary bishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of Baltimore for the launch of Educating Maryland Kids, the coalition working to protect the Maryland DREAM Act.

“I know the power of education to transform lives. Moreover, I know the power of telling a child that, ‘Yes, we want you to get the best education possible,’” said Freeman A. Hrabowski, III, president of UMBC (The University of Maryland, Baltimore County). “Supporting our children is the American way and the right thing to do for many reasons. Most important, perhaps, it leads to a stronger and more prosperous America.”

Educating Maryland Kids is comprised of faith-based, education, civil rights, and labor organizations including SEIU, the Maryland State Education Association, Maryland IAF, Maryland Catholic Conference, NAACP, and CASA de Maryland. The coalition is focusing on educating voters about the law, which ensures that Maryland students whose families pay Maryland taxes and who graduated from Maryland high schools can pay in-state tuition rates, regardless of immigration status.  The Maryland DREAM Act faces a ballot referendum this November.

“Our support for the DREAM act is woven into the fabric of our history as both Catholics and Americans,” said Bishop Denis Madden, auxiliary bishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of Baltimore, who invoked the moral and religious imperative to support the Maryland DREAM Act.

“The Catholic Church in this country today stands proudly on the shoulders of immigrants who built our churches, built our schools, hospitals, and so many other institutions,” said Bishop Madden.  “From the very beginning, we have understood the fundamental value of education, and we have always opened our doors to providing all children the best educational opportunity possible.  In fact, some of our nation’s earliest Catholic schools were founded right here in Baltimore to serve African American children at a time when it was illegal to do so in many places.”

Karina, a DREAM student from Silver Spring, MD, said, “My modern World History teacher at Montgomery Blair High School told me that I have always been a go-getter, that I inspire, mentor, and help other students.”

Karina went on to explain, “School is my sanctuary.  With access to education, I will never stop learning and contributing more and more and more.”  She is currently enrolled at Montgomery College and hopes to transfer to UMBC to study social work after finishing her first 2 years at Montgomery College.

“We are united by a belief that Maryland kids who work hard, graduate from high school and are accepted into a Maryland college deserve the chance to fulfill their dream,” said Merle Cuttitta, president of SEIU Local 500. “SEIU Local 500 members are privileged to see DREAMERS at every stage of their education. Our members are childcare providers and Head Start employees. They work in Montgomery County Public schools and they teach at Montgomery College and other college and universities in the region.”

Students like Karina, who yearn to pursue higher education and contribute to our state, were featured in web videos rolled out by Educating Maryland Kids over the past 2 weeks.  To be eligible for the Maryland DREAM Act, students like Karina must not only graduate from a Maryland high school and pay Maryland taxes but they also must start at a community college and attend for 2 years or attain 60 credits before transferring to a four-year public college or university in the state.  When they apply to a four-year institution, they’ll be considered in the pool with out-of-state applicants, so there is no competition between native-born Maryland students and DREAM Act students for spots.

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White House To Announce New Policy Protecting DREAM Act Eligible Students from Deportation, Providing Work Permits http://educatingmarylandkids.org/2012/06/15/white-house-to-announce-new-policy-protecting-dream-act-eligible-students-from-deportation-providing-work-permits/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=white-house-to-announce-new-policy-protecting-dream-act-eligible-students-from-deportation-providing-work-permits http://educatingmarylandkids.org/2012/06/15/white-house-to-announce-new-policy-protecting-dream-act-eligible-students-from-deportation-providing-work-permits/#comments Fri, 15 Jun 2012 15:19:11 +0000 Isaac http://educatingmarylandkids.org/?p=112 Maryland DREAM Act needed more than ever to prepare DREAMers for workforce

Today President Obama will announce a directive protecting all DREAM Act eligible students across the country from deportation and providing them with work permits.  These students are talented, hardworking kids who’ve grown up in the United States and want to contribute to our nation but don’t have legal immigration status.

The announcement clears the way for students here in Maryland and states across the country to legally work in the U.S. and reinforces the need for Maryland to uphold its Maryland DREAM Act, allowing all Maryland students who graduated from Maryland high schools and whose families pay Maryland taxes to pay in-state tuition at Maryland public universities.

“The White House’s announcement on DREAM Act eligible students is a huge victory for the thousands of kids who’ve worked hard, played by the rules, and want to give back to the only country they know as home,” said Travis Tazelaar, campaign manager for Educating Maryland Kids. “The decision reaffirms the need for Maryland to pass its own DREAM Act, ensuring that these talented kids can pay in-state tuition at our state universities and build the skills needed to contribute and grow our economy.”

The Department of Homeland Security directive underscores the need for DREAM Act eligible young people, who’ve lived in this country for at least 5 years and graduated from high school, to be able to further their education and prepare for the workforce.  The Maryland DREAM Act allows Maryland DREAMers to pay the same in-state tuition rates as their peers and with the new directive, these students will be able to legally work while they obtain their degree and pursue a career after graduation.

Earlier this week President Obama said, “It’s time to stop denying citizenship to responsible young people just because they are children of undocumented immigrants.  This country is at its best when it harnesses the God-given talents of every individual.”

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