• Jim Caldiero

Good News! Dream Act Veto Overriden

Updated: Feb 1, 2020

The Maryland General Assembly today voted to override the Governor’s veto of the Dream Act Expansion. The House voted 95-43 and the Senate 31-15 to reaffirm Maryland’s support for Dreamers, allowing them to attend any four-year public college or university at in-state tuition rates.

Thank Your Legislators

Please take a few moments to thank your legislators for their support (HB0262 in 2019). Share the good news with your congregations.

Contact Legislators To Vote For These Bills

Also, please contact your Delegate to encourage them to support the following bills. It is especially important to urge your Delegate to support these bills if she or he is a member of the House Judiciary Committee.

HB0388: Civil Immigration Enforcement – Restrictions on Local Law Enforcement (Trust Act)

Prohibiting a certain law enforcement agent from making a certain inquiry about an individual's immigration status, citizenship status, or place of birth or transferring an individual to federal immigration authorities under certain circumstances; prohibiting, without a warrant, a certain law enforcement agent from transferring or detaining an individual, notifying federal immigration authorities with an individual's location information, or using law enforcement resources to further civil immigration enforcement; etc.

Hearing Date: February 11, 2020, House Judiciary Committee. See below about testimony rules.

HB0403: Immigrant Enforcement – Policies for Schools, Hospitals, Courthouses (Sensitive Locations)

Requiring the Attorney General, in consultation with certain stakeholders, to develop guidelines to assist public schools, hospitals, and courthouses to draft policies that limit civil immigration enforcement activities on their premises in order to ensure these facilities remain safe and accessible to all; and authorizing public schools, hospitals, and courthouses to establish and publish policies that limit immigration enforcement on their premises to the fullest extent possible; etc.

Hearing Date: February 11, 2020, House Judiciary Committee. See below about testimony rules.

HB0677: Immigration Detention – Prohibition (Dignity Not Detention)

Stating certain findings of the General Assembly; prohibiting certain governmental entities from entering into agreements facilitating immigration-related detention by private entities; prohibiting governmental entities from entering into certain agreements to house immigration-related detainees; requiring governmental entities to terminate existing contracts for the detention of immigration-related detainees not later than October 1, 2021; and making the provisions of the Act severable.

Hearing Date: February 25, 2020, House Judiciary Committee. See below about testimony rules.

Write or Give Testimony

If you are so inclined, you may want to write and submit testimony or give oral testimony at the scheduled hearings. Click here for the guidelines. You can send your written testimony to me at immigration@uulmmd.org before the hearing date and we will make sure it gets delivered to the committee.

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