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.”]]>