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MEDIA ALERT: DREAM ACT AND EDUCATION FORUM

ARHU to host a forum on the local and national significance of the DREAM Act for Latin American immigrants and Marylanders. 
It’s Hispanic Heritage Month and the College of Arts & Humanities’ Latin American Studies Center and the Center for the History of the New America will be holding a forum to discuss Maryland’s “DREAM act,” proposing in-state tuition to illegal immigrant youth who qualify in the state.

WHAT:
The panel will include The Honorable Victor Ramirez, Maryland State Senate and author of the Maryland DREAM Act; Kim Propeack, Director of Community Organizing and Political Action, CASA de Maryland; Roberto Juarez, member, Maryland DREAM Youth Committee, and Mary Giovagnoli, director, Immigration Policy Center, American Immigration Council.
 
Karin Rosemblatt, associate professor of history and director of the Latin American Studies Center, will moderate the forum.
 
Dean Bonnie Thornton Dill, College of Arts & Humanities, will provide the welcoming remarks.
 
WHEN:
Tuesday, October 4, 2011 4:00-6:00 PM
 
WHERE:
Prince Georges Room, Stamp Student Union, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742
BACKGROUND:
Sponsored by the Latin American Studies Center and the Center for the History of the New America.
In May 2011, Maryland passed the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act and became the eleventh state in the nation to grant undocumented students instate tuition at public institutions of higher learning. The law has been challenged by a petition drive calling for a referendum in November 2012. In August, Casa de Maryland, a non-profit organization devoted to advancing the rights of Latino and Latina immigrants, challenged the legality of the petition drive in court. 
MEDIA:
Media coverage is welcome. Parking is available in the Union Lane Garage located between the Adele H. Stamp Student Union Center for Campus Life and Cole Field House. 
 
CONTACT:
For more information about this event, please contact Nicky Everette, College of Arts & Humanities, Director of Communications at meve@umd.edu or 301-405-6714.