NAACP Statement on the Passage of Maryland Dream Act

(WASHINGTON)-- The NAACP released the following statement on the passage of Marriage Ballot Question 4, which allows undocumented student immigrants to pay in-state tuition at Maryland Universities. Known as the Maryland Dream Act, the question passed today with a wide margin of voters in favor:

“The Dream Act provides an opportunity for all Maryland students to have equal access to higher education. This is a crucial step toward building socially and economically healthy communities.” said NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous. “Marylanders recognize that we may have come to this country in different boats, but we’re all in the same boat now.”

“Marylanders voted today to bring our state together,” said NAACP Maryland State Conference President Gerald Stansbury. “The Dream Act is a vote for civil rights, equality and community stability.”

A recent NAACP poll of African American voters in battleground states (Florida, Georgia, Ohio, and Virginia) found that fully 93% of respondents favor a national version of the Dream Act.

Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, conducting voter mobilization and monitoring equal opportunity in the public and private sectors.

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