Over 3 million students graduate from U.S High Schools every year, with most going on to college or to obtain jobs. However, over 65,000 youth do not get this opportunity because of their immigration status despite growing up in the United States and working hard in school. The Maryland DREAM Act allows for these undocumented immigrant high school graduates who have grown up in the state to attend Maryland public colleges and universities at in-state tuition rates.
AIM helped secure Governor O’Malley’s commitment to pass the DREAM Act at an action with over 750 people from the Maryland Industrial Areas Foundation.
The DREAM Act was passed by the Maryland General Assembly, but opponents of the law gathered enough signatures to put the law up to a referendum in the 2012 election. AIM members, alongside Maryland IAF, CASA de Maryland, Maryland Catholic Conference worked to create the political will to win 58.3% of the vote for DREAM by leading massive grassroots efforts to educate Marylanders about the act. This was done by holding the largest DREAM voter mobilization effort ever, which trained over 1,000 clergy and lay leaders to be “DREAM Ambassadors” who then held over 250 DREAM events throughout the state.
DREAM’s success at the ballot box gives hope to national efforts to fix our broken immigration system.
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1200 People at GOTV and Candidate Assembly
Strong Commitments on Housing, Education and Immigration from Executive Candidates
May 30, 2018 at The People’s Community Baptist Church
It was standing room only when AIM leaders gathered to clarify the commitments of the County Executive Candidates to AIM’s bold proposals for the future of Montgomery County. The AIM demands were developed over a year of listening sessions with 3000 people throughout the county and the focus was on specific community solutions.
Montgomery County Faith Leaders Assert Political Agenda–Afro American
Montgomery County’s clergy of color are working together across race and faith perspective to represent the needs of their congregations and ensure all voices are heard as the 2018 election season approaches.
Pastor Haywood Robinson Jr., president of the Montgomery County Black Ministers Conference and pastor of the People’s Community Baptist Church in Silver Spring, Md., joined with 20 multiethnic churches and community organizations under the Action in Montgomery (AIM) banner to host the county’s largest candidate forum, packing more than 1,200 people in the Norwood Road sanctuary to hear from six of the seven candidates for Montgomery County executive last week.
Maryland IAF Marches on Homeland Security’s Baltimore Office
Chanting “Clarity! Compassion! No Confusion!” a group of about 50 Maryland immigration advocates marched from Baltimore City Hall to the local office of the Department of Homeland Security on Thursday to demand a meeting with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
The group of community advocates and local clergy called on the agency to clarify its policies on detaining and deporting undocumented immigrants. They also asked for information on where those who are arrested are held and requested that immigration officers remove the word ‘POLICE’ from their uniforms, to better distinguish them from Baltimore Police.