Lt. Governor Brown Praises Obama Administration's New Policy for Young Immigrants
Brown to Participate in White House Hispanic Community Action Summit
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (June 15, 2012) – Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown released the following statement today responding to the Obama Administration’s new policy towards young undocumented immigrants:
“The Obama Administration’s announcement that young, law abiding undocumented immigrants will be able to give back to their communities without the constant fear of deportation is an extremely welcome and long overdue step forward which will allow thousands to finally come out of the shadows of our society. These are hardworking young people in Maryland and throughout our country, young people in whom we’ve already invested through a high school education and who deserve the opportunity to give back to the only country they have ever called home.
“While this sensible change represents a significant, commonsense shift in America’s federal immigration policy, it only further underscores the need to take action at the State level through the Maryland DREAM Act. Children of undocumented immigrants who have paid Maryland taxes, attended Maryland high schools, and who want to give back to Maryland communities should be allowed to pay in-state tuition at Maryland’s colleges and universities. Access to a higher education will help them contribute to our economy, pay taxes from higher paying jobs, and provide service to their community. I am confident Maryland voters will uphold this critical measure.
“I applaud President Obama for enacting a policy that recognizes how much we stand to gain by embracing new Americans. To ensure that Maryland continues to thrive and remains a land of opportunity for all, we must embrace all who wish to contribute to our great State.”
Tomorrow, Lt. Governor Brown will deliver welcoming remarks at the White House Hispanic Community Action Summit at Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring. The summit will connect senior Obama Administration officials from diverse policy areas with community leaders, business owners, and other stakeholders to discuss issues critical to the Hispanic community, Maryland, and the nation. Among the topics for discussion are education, immigration, health care, jobs and economic recovery.