September 8, 2017 | Mitti Hicks

Leggett Remarks During Hispanic Gala: ‘We Will Protect Our Dreamers’ (VIDEO)

Hundreds of people gathered at the Fillmore in Silver Spring Thursday evening for the Montgomery County Executive’s Hispanic Gala to honor more than 60 students with scholarships. The MCEHG was implemented in 2013 to bring organizations and stakeholders together to assist Hispanic youth achieve a high level of education while building diverse and united communities […]

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September 7, 2017 | Mitti Hicks

Hucker on DACA: ‘People Need to Know County Government Has Their Back’ (VIDEO)

In response to a statement issued by the White House to end the program established by the Obama administration which protects undocumented children from deportation and eligible for work permits, local officials are speaking out. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, also known as DACA, allowed people who came to the United States as […]

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September 6, 2017 | Staff Writer

Leggett, Council Blast Trump Decision on DACA

County Executive Ike Leggett and the County Council issued statements Wednesday on President Donald Trump’s decision to rescind Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. Last week, Montgomery College President DeRionne Pollard issued her own statement urging Trump to continue the program. Here are the statements: Montgomery County Council Statement The Montgomery County Council denounces […]

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September 5, 2017 | Douglas Tallman

Delegate Says Maryland Legislature Could Convene Session to Assist Immigrants (VIDEO)

State lawmakers are considering a special session for the General Assembly to respond to today’s announcement that the federal government is rescinding a program that helped immigrants who entered the country illegally as children. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Tuesday that the program, called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, would not survive […]

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June 16, 2017 | Staff Writer

Trump Administration Ends Protection for Undocumented Parents

U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary John Kelly signed a memorandum Thursday overturning the program known as Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA). DAPA was a series of  immigration executive actions signed by former President Barack Obama in 2014 to crack down on illegal immigration at the border and prioritized […]

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December 10, 2016 | Staff Writer

Leggett Joins Other Mayors in Asking Trump to Keep Undocumented Immigrant Program

Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett and 17 other mayors from across the country are asking President-elect Donald Trump to keep the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). DACA began in 2012 and helps to ensure that young people that were brought to the U.S. before they turned 16, and are actively seeking higher education, working […]

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August 11, 2015 | Aline Barros

Mikulski Talks Immigration Reform During a Visit at Montgomery College (VIDEO)

Sen. Barbara Mikulski visited Montgomery College Takoma Park Silver Spring campus on Aug.11 where she announced a $1 million grant to Montgomery College to provide support services to first-year students. When asked about students who are not only first generation to attend college, but are also DACA recipients, the Maryland senator said she believes in […]

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June 16, 2015 | Aline Barros

Three Years After DACA

Karina Velasco, 25, moved to the U.S. 11 years ago from Mexico City. She was 14; attended high school, graduated from Montgomery College, and is scheduled to graduate in December with a bachelor’s degree in social work from University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) at the Universities of Shady Grove campus. Velasco is also a […]

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February 10, 2015 | Aline Barros

White Oak Community Meeting Raises Awareness About Immigration Relief (VIDEO)

Alexander Quispe, of Silver Spring, is about to graduate with an accounting major from the University of Maryland. He wants to work, help his family, and give back to the community. Quispe was at a community meeting on Feb. 5 in White Oak with his girlfriend, Vivian Urzua, to find out more about the Deferred […]

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February 3, 2015 | Aline Barros

photo of White Oak Shopping Center sign

Community Meeting to Raise Awareness About Immigration Relief

The Montgomery County Office of Community Partnerships is scheduled to host a community meeting on Feb. 5 to help residents learn about who can apply for immigration relief. The event is an orientation session that will take place at the White Oak Community Center in Silver Spring from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. “Education is […]

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