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On July 26th-August 5th, KRCC plans to send 7 youth leaders to Washington, D.C and Maryland to participate in grassroots organizing and direct advocacy to protect the Maryland DREAM Act.
The act provides in-state tuition for some undocumented youth, but will be under referendum on the November ballot.
President Obama's recent announcement to grant deferred action to DREAM-Act eligible youth demonstrates the undeniable value of immigrant youth to this country. Although this announcement provides temporary relief for some, immigrant youth still face barriers in accessing higher education.
Every year, 65,000 undocumented young people nationwide graduate high school. Many seek to go to college, but cannot due to limited opportunities and resources available to undocumented students.
The Maryland DREAM Act is primarily intended to help children of immigrants who were brought to the U.S. by their parents at a very young age and who have worked hard throughout their academic careers with hope of going to college to further contribute to this country which they call home. This law will provide hope for families by allowing all students, regardless of their immigration status, to qualify for in-state tuition. By making college more affordable, high school students remain motivated and continue to work hard because more options are available to them.
Asian Americans comprise 5.5% of Maryland's population and about 13.2% of the state's population is foreign born. KRCC will work with our affiliates NAKASEC (www.nakasec.org) and KRC (www.krcla.org) along with Casa de Maryland to educate and mobilize Asian American voters to support the Maryland DREAM Act.