With the forceful lobbying and community organizing, some states have pro-migrant policy victories. Last week in Maryland, the state’s version of the DREAM Act was passed. The bill allows undocumented youth in Maryland, who have attended public high school in the state for three consecutive years, to pay in state tuition at public institutions of higher education.
Meanwhile in Georgia, two bills are pending that are similar to Arizona’s SB 1070. Civil rights activists, including the state leadership of the NAACP, have been speaking out against these bills along with local Latino and immigrant right’s activists. Tomorrow (Monday) there will be a press conference on the Capitol Steps in Atlanta, Georgia urging the Governor to stop legislation if it is passed. Over 10,000 signatures of Georgians encouraging the governor to commit to veto the Arizona style laws will be delivered.
Until we see immigration addressed in earnest at the federal level, we will continue to see incongruent state laws.