The Korean Resource Center of Los Angeles, the Korean American Resource and Cultural Center of Chicago, and the National Korean American Service and Education Consortium have sent a delegation of14 young leaders to campaign to protect the Maryland Dream Act this week.
Isaac Yi, a 17-year-old L.A. student, said: “Honestly, because we are young and it was my first time campaigning, it was without a doubt very difficult. However, it was exciting to see our work pay off, especially when I talked to people who agreed to support the Maryland Dream Act.”
In April 2011, the Maryland Senate approved the Maryland DREAM Act, a bill that would grant all eligible students who have lived in Maryland, graduated from a Maryland high school, and whose family paid taxes in the state the option to pay in-state tuition at public colleges regardless of immigration status. However, the law has been put to a referendum and remains in pending status until the statewide vote on November 6, 2012. Approximately 300,000 Asian Americans live in Maryland and nationally, 1 in 10 undocumented youth are AAPI.
Additionally, NAKASEC, KRC, and KRCC will continue to hold workshops and help undocumented students with their applications for deferred action and work permits. For more information, please refer to 202-299-9540 (D.C.), 323-937-3718 (L.A.), and 773-717-5428 (Chicago).