Sunday, November 11, 2012
Victors attribute the wins to Democratic Party dominance, among other factors.
Capital News Service A dominant state Democratic Party, a progressive electorate, a national trend toward socially liberal policies and the need for more revenue in tough economic times converged in Maryland to bring passage of same-sex marriage, in-state tuition for some illegal immigrants, expanded gambling and a gerrymandered political map, political observers say. All of Maryland's ballot initiatives passed on election night. "(Gov. Martin) O'Malley and the Democrats have complete control," said Blair Lee, political columnist at The Gazette newspapers. "The only (political) competition and conversation was among Democrats … the Republicans are almost now gone the way of the Whig Party in terms of influence and presence." In Maryland, …
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
If the referendum is approved, Maryland would join 12 other states that have passed similar laws.
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
By Sophie Petit for Capital News Service With about a third of precincts reporting, Marylanders favored the Dream Act Tuesday, with 59 percent voting for the law that would allow some children of illegal immigrants to pay in-state tuition at state colleges and universities. Many votes were left to be counted as of 10 p.m., however. If the referendum is approved, Maryland would join 12 other states that have passed similar laws. “We want a state with smart people,” said Annapolis resident Brand Ginsburgh, 63, who voted in favor of the law Tuesday morning in Eastport. “The main thing is, they’re here. They should have access to better jobs.” Under the law, undocumented high school graduates who could prove they or their parents paid income …
Friday, October 26, 2012
College students called upon to support bill which would grant in-state tuition to children of undocumented immigrants.
Francisco Catagena does not have too many memories about his native El Salvador. It's understandable. He came to America at the age of 10 with his father, mother and two younger siblings. Cartagena's father and mother were both college-educated government employees in El Salvador. His father was a ranking official in the state prison system. But Cartagena said that some reforms his father was trying to implement in the gang-ridden prison system were not too popular with some. As a result, his family began to receive death threats. Fearing for their safety, Cartagena's parents at first explored immigrating to America legally, but the costs were prohibitive, upwards of $10,000, and the process was expected to be a long one. "We had our …
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
As advocates boost their million-dollar ad campaign, more than 800 faith leaders will rally Tuesday in Silver Spring to spur more voter outreach ahead of Election Day.
With Election Day just two weeks away, "Dream Act" advocates have stepped up their million-dollar ad campaign and are convening a pair of rallies this week, one of which is expected to draw more than 800 faith-based activists to Silver Spring today. Signed into law after narrowly clearing the 2011 legislative session, the Dream Act would allow illegal immigrants to pay in-state tuition if they: A Republican-led petition drive quickly garnered more than 100,000 signatures, more than twice what was required to send it to referendum. If it survives the Nov. 6 vote, Maryland voters will be the first in the nation to approve in-state tuition for illegal immigrants. Dream Act opponents say that the collection of so many signatures in less than …
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
But admits that a casino at National Harbor would boost the coffers of local government.
Maryland State Sen. Paul Pinsky (D-Prince George's) said that he will not be voting to expand gambling to Prince George's County. In Pinsky's October email newsletter, the senator outlined his position on what he said are the three most important ballot measures facing Prince George's County voters in the coming election: gambling, same-sex marriage and the Dream Act. Pinsky on Question 7—Gambling in Prince George's Pinsky wrote that gambling is an "irresponsible" and "unfair" way to raise revenue. "I have long opposed gambling and personally will be voting no on Question 7," wrote Pinsky. "Because gambling is usually more common among lower income groups, it objectively amounts to a tax on the poor. Gambling revenue is unlikely to result …
Friday, October 5, 2012
Media blitz and 1,000-person march mark the beginning of the homestretch in the ballot battle over in-state tuition for undocumented students.
With Election Day a month away, supporters of the Maryland “Dream Act” have hit the airwaves and are putting on their last and biggest public display ahead of the Nov. 6 vote. Maryland’s DREAMers—students, immigrant advocates, clergy and elected officials—are planning to march Saturday afternoon from Casa de Maryland’s multicultural center in Langley Park to the University of Maryland-College Park in a show of solidarity and to push Dream Act supporters to register to vote. Organizers are expecting a thousand participants. Signed into law in May 2011, the Dream Act would allow undocumented students to qualify for in-state tuition in the state’s university system if they meet a set of requirements, including having graduated from a Maryland…
Friday, September 28, 2012
As the election approaches, local students hope the DREAM Act will pass.
Friday, September 28, 2012
By Erin Durkin, Capital News Service Veronica Martinez-Vargas, a 19-year-old illegal immigrant from Salisbury, couldn't believe it when she turned in her application for the Deferred Action program enacted in June by the Obama administration. "It was overwhelming," she said. The program either stops or prevents deportation proceedings for undocumented youths for two years and allows them to obtain a work permit. To apply, immigrants had to be under age 31 as of June 15, 2012, but at least age 15. They also must prove they entered the country before their 16th birthday and lived in the U.S. since June 15, 2007. Just 29 applications have been approved nationally, of more than 82,000 who applied since the program opened in August. It's …
Monday, August 20, 2012
Obama's deportation "deferred action" program and Maryland's "Dream Act" are fueling the JSA movement.
It was a watershed week for Maryland's “Dreamers”—a week that brought the first step toward temporary reprieve for more than 1,000 illegal immigrants brought to the country as children, and another step for an immigrant youth movement that is gaining steam as voters stare down a November referendum on in-state tuition for undocumented students. Casa de Maryland, the state’s largest immigrant advocacy group, led a push to get more than 1,000 applicants to Langley Park and Baltimore on Wednesday and Thursday for the onset of President Obama's program to give certain illegal immigrants a two-year shield against being deported. Announced in June, Obama’s “deferred action” program applies to illegal immigrants who: They must also meet one of …