Maryland DREAM Act

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.

In the News

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.

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Dream Academy Video

See this fun and inspiring video of the Dream Academy at South Lake Elementary School!

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AIM 5k Walk to Support Dream Academy Expansion

Join us for a fun afternoon to raise money for AIM to expand the Dream Academy–affordable after school programming to Montgomery County’s highest needs schools. It’s a fun afternoon and a pretty walk along Sligo Creek with plenty of friends from AIM and our congregations and schools. Get friends, family and neighbors to sponsor you to have even more impact!

REGISTER ONLINE HERE–once you register, friends and family can sponsor you online!

Click Here for a form you can use to sign up sponsors in person

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AIM Seniors Fight for Pensions for WMATA Workers–Montgomery Sentinel

“No matter what field you’re in, an employee with a good salary [and] benefits is a better employee and able to deliver better services,” Madaleno said. “Do you want a happy, focused bus driver driving 35 people around, or do you want an unhappy, distracted bus driver?”

About 75 people, many of them seniors, attended the news conference, which was hosted by local community organization Action in Montgomery at Church of the Ascension in Gaithersburg. AIM spokesperson Cynthia Marshall said the seniors traveled from retirement communities in the county to support their local bus drivers.

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