DREAM Act Supporters Plan March from Silver Spring to Wheaton

Students will march along Georgia Avenue this Sunday afternoon.

Supporters of the DREAM Act to help educate illegal immigrants will be marching from downtown Silver Spring to downtown Wheaton on Aug. 5 to raise awareness and educate voters before the

The DREAM Act, , would qualify certain illegal immigrants for in-state tuition at Maryland community colleges.

Organizers say they are expecting more than 1,000 people at the Sunday afternoon march, most of them students. Kim Propeack of CASA de Maryland anticipates that it will be the largest student mobilization in recent Maryland history. CASA de Maryland has worked with student groups in Montgomery and Prince George's counties to plan the event.

The march will begin at 12:30 p.m. in Silver Spring at Ellsworth Drive between Fenton Street and Georgia Avenue and end at 2424 Reedie Drive in Wheaton.

Wheaton will also be hosting the Sunday afternoon, and student marchers will go onstage at the festival to tell their stories.

More than 100 students marched in Baltimore to support the DREAM Act in July.

Andy August 02, 2012 at 11:44 AM
So is there any way that we could contact ICE and have them set-up a check point along this route to detain any individuals that are in this country illegally? I think that would be a great idea. I know Montgomery County police aren't allowed to even think about asking someone for proof of legal residency in this country but maybe the federal agency responsible for immigration would do their job??? I would think it is enough probable cause to investigate a person's immigration status if they are supporting a movement that flat out steals money from tax paying citizens of this country. Just a thought...
Amanda duzak August 02, 2012 at 12:06 PM
Wow you are an idiot and heartless person. The 1% are the ones that have the money and power.
Amanda duzak August 02, 2012 at 12:07 PM
Come out on sunday and say it to the kids faces...let me know if you want to. I will be there.
AntonFisher August 02, 2012 at 12:39 PM
I agree with Andy. I am not sure why would we reward those who broke law in the first place? Higher education is a privilege. When a person comes to Maryland from another state, he/she has to pay and astronomical out of state tuition, but a person who is here illegally will not? This is absurd!!
AntonFisher August 02, 2012 at 12:43 PM
What are you talking about Amanda? Who mentioned the 1%ers and people who have money and power. I am for sure not a 1%er, but I think this dream act is wrong? What law do you recommend for me to break so I can get a reward?
Andy August 02, 2012 at 12:47 PM
I am really confused... I am not sure how being a law abiding citizen and expecting others to abide by the laws of this country makes me 'an idiot and heartless person.' I also expect our law enforcement agencies to enforce the laws that have been passed by the legislature. I did not write any of these laws but I certainly abide by them and if you of I have a problem with them there are avenues to express that opinion. The law is the law and it must be followed, otherwise the person breaking the law is doing something illegal and therefore is a criminal. If you think allowing criminals to fleece Maryland state tax-payers by having their higher education subsidized with tax-payer funds I think that you are insane. I am also confused as to what the so called '1%' has to do with anything in the article or what I said. I assume you are just another failure that is looking for a scapegoat to blame your problems on and the '1%' seems to be a popular target lately.
TaL August 02, 2012 at 02:35 PM
Agreed, Id love to see some ICE vans on Georgia boxing them up and taking them away.....the reality is Im sure we will see Navarro and Ervin leading the parade with one hand in the pocket of the CASA folks for their bribe/"campaign contribution".
adp_says August 02, 2012 at 04:50 PM
Amanda - What kind of example are we setting for these kids by allowing this to happen? To me, we are saying: "Hey little kid, this is a great country isn't it? A country where your parents can just walk right over, take tax money that they don't pay into, and send you to college free of charge. Oh, and we should also march around town and throw it in the faces of the people who legally live in this country and pay their fair share of taxes." I hope none of these kids become lawyers.
Amanda duzak August 02, 2012 at 08:10 PM
MYTH: Undocumented immigrants are a drain on the U.S. economy and sap social services. FACT: Actually, undocumented immigrants pay more in taxes than they use in government resources. According to a study released by the National Council of La Raza, undocumented immigrant workers will pay, on average, about $80,000 more in taxes per capita than they use in government services, since they are ineligible for just about all of the social services the federal government provides other workers. Thus, even though undocumented workers--who typically work in low-wage, nonunion jobs--often find themselves living below the poverty line, they are barred from seeking assistance from programs like food stamps and Medicaid. As reported in El Diario de El Paso, the president's Council of Economic Advisers stated in 2007 that the "impact of undocumented immigration on public budgets is likely to be very positive." The comptroller for the state of Texas reported that in 2006, the undocumented accounted for about $424.7 million more in state revenues--including sales tax and property taxes--than they used in state services, including education and health care. In addition to sales and property taxes, an estimated three-quarters of undocumented workers also pay payroll taxes, because they are forced to use false Social Security numbers to obtain work.
Amanda duzak August 02, 2012 at 08:12 PM
MYTH: Immigrants are taking American jobs and driving down wages. FACT: According to many studies, immigration has an overall positive impact on the economy. For example, researchers have shown that an increase in immigrant workers tends to increase employment rates among native-born workers as well. According to a Pew Center study, between 2000 and 2004, "there was a positive correlation between the increase in the foreign-born population and the employment of native-born workers in 27 states and the District of Columbia." Former Immigration and Naturalization Service commissioner Doris Meissner pointed out: [I]mmigrants tend to be concentrated in high- and low-skilled occupations that complement--rather than compete with--jobs held by native workers. And the foreign-born workers who fill lower-paying jobs are typically first-hired/first-fired employees, allowing employers to expand and contract their workforces rapidly. As a result, immigrants experience higher employment than natives during booms--but they suffer higher job losses during downturns, including the current one. This isn't to say that immigrants aren't pitted against native-born workers. They are--this is why American business has always encouraged immigration, including immigration under conditions of illegality. This guarantees a pool of cheap and more easily controlled labor--because undocumented immigrants live under the threat of deportation.
Amanda duzak August 02, 2012 at 08:12 PM
Thus, undocumented immigrants are used twice over--as workers who can be super-exploited because they have no legal rights, and as a group that can be pitted against other workers, whether native-born or other immigrants, as a threat against the wages and conditions of everybody.
AntonFisher August 02, 2012 at 08:30 PM
Are you serious? What is El Diario de El Paso? Are they credible? Does the IRS agree with your assessment?
Commentous August 03, 2012 at 04:58 AM
Wikipedia may not be 100% accurate, but its article provides a fair amount of information on both sides of the debate: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Economic_impact_of_illegal_immigrants_in_the_United_States.
Vane August 03, 2012 at 10:09 AM
People need to open their minds and hearts. All I'm going to say is that there are more undocumented people around you who are part of your lives than you folks think. These people are in the shadows now, but not for long. Will you want to get your best friend deported? Your kind neighbor? Your girlfriend? We are people. All of us.
Andy August 03, 2012 at 11:12 AM
"study released by the National Council of La Raza" "As reported in El Diario de El Paso" "impact of undocumented immigration on public budgets is likely to be very positive" These are just a few excerpts that literally made me laugh out loud. I am not sure that you can take these sources and automatically label them as fact. Did you get these cute Myth/Fact comedies from CASA de Maryland's website, I certainly wouldn't doubt it.
Erick Lastarria August 03, 2012 at 01:44 PM
Unless you are an immigrant, the laws that you are talking about don't regulate your life. Do you have to follow our immigration laws as we all follow criminal and traffic laws? Let's not talk about the laws we choose to follow. Our system of immigration laws is broken beyond repair. The DREAMers are a clear example. Many of them could adjust but they would have to get into sham marriages or drop out of school to do a work visa.
Erick Lastarria August 03, 2012 at 01:45 PM
How do the DREAMers steal money from you if their parents pay Maryland taxes, real estate property taxes and sales taxes?
Erick Lastarria August 03, 2012 at 01:50 PM
I've paid over $2,500.00 in State taxes plus penalties and interest. I know for a fact that many Marylanders get many breaks from the State government at the time of filing their tax returns. It is most likely that a single undocumented individual or a legal one will pay more money in taxes than an US Citizen filing a joint return. Who is carrying who? Undocumented people pay taxes but we don't want to give them the right college tuition. They are Marylanders and we must help them.
afuent August 04, 2012 at 02:44 AM
the people above talking non sense about ice and deporting kids that want a better education are obviously ignorant and selfish, don't they know that Hispanics are the highest consumers in the US? we pay taxes just like anybody else, allowed to have itin numbers to file taxes but no S.S? U.S. would be crippled without Hispanics or any immigrants contribution for that matter, doing job that you would not dare do in your life time, since when is it illegal to want a better life. last time I checked never. get your facts straight before you want to talk about something you clearly know nothing about. you obviously don't care about what happens with the economy but I do so I'm going to fight to make this a better county so if immigrants Are our future then please believe that's will fight to help them get the education they DESERVE. I really don't understand they aren't doing anything wrong it's not like they are asking to legalize marijuana they are asking for something that benefits ALL OF US so open your ears before you open your mouth and listen to what we have to say
AntonFisher August 05, 2012 at 09:57 PM
Erick - An undocumented individual does not pay income taxes (period). Undocumented individuals do not have a social security number and therefore are not included on the payrolls of those who employ them.
AntonFisher August 05, 2012 at 10:04 PM
I am an immigrant and have several family members who want to move to the US, but are not able to. They all get tourist visas and come to visit often. They never overstay their visas because they do not want to break the law. Do you recommend that I should recommend to them that they break the law, overstay their visas, work illegally, and then ask for free education? I immigrated here LEGALLY following the proper protocol in order to become a US Citizen. I am against the Dream Act that rewards law-breaking people who are here illegally in the first place.
Erick Lastarria August 05, 2012 at 10:15 PM
Mr. Fisher, you can pay income taxes by using an ITIN. No one is suggesting you sgould encourage your family members to come here and overstay their visas. Please keep in mind that there isn't a free college education. No more misinformation.
Erick Lastarria August 06, 2012 at 01:14 AM
Mr. Fisher, they pay taxes using an ITIN. Many people still hire undocumented immigrants.


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