State of Maryland Archives: on Immigration
Comprehensive immigration reform must be a top priority
Comprehensive Immigration Reform: A strong supporter of the Maryland DREAM Act, Jamie believes that comprehensive immigration reform must be a top priority to break the deadlock in Congress and the country.
He'll work towards an earned and tangible path to citizenship to bring millions of people out of the shadows and into the rights and responsibilities of full membership in our society and economy.
Source: 2016 Maryland House campaign website JamieRaskin.com
Nov 8, 2016
Decriminalize hiring American; protect them from foreigners
[Congress should] restore American workers to their rightful place at the top of the nation's priority list.
How? First, Congress must decriminalize "hiring American." US employers must be free, if they choose, to give hiring preference to US and
lawful immigrant workers over unlawful migrants with US work permits, without fear of government or private lawsuits.
Second, Congress must extend to American human capital the same shield from foreign competition in the domestic market that
Congress created for American shipping and aviation capital. In laws like the Jones Act, Congress excluded foreign actors from large sectors of the domestic transport markets. Congress should enact similar protections to workers on projects involving
even a dollar of federal funding. American human capital, swamped with unregulated foreign competition in the domestic market, needs a Jones Act of its own.
Source: 2016 Campaign website for MD Senate, DouglasMaryland.com
Sep 8, 2015
Immigration system is broken; enforce our current law
We need to fix our broken immigration system in several areas. First, we need to enforce our current law. Second, English should be the official language of all Americans, because a common language ties us together as a nation. Last, these internal
policy changes need to be met with a proactive approach to American foreign relations. It should be our policy that America will be stronger if our neighbors become more democratic and follow the rule of law.
Source: 2012 Senate campaign website, www.sobhaniformaryland.com
Oct 15, 2012
Voted NO on in-state tuition for undocumented immigrant
SB 167 In-State Tuition for Undocumented Immigrants
Conference Report Adopted House (74 - 65); Rep. Kathy Szeliga voted Nay.
Source: VoteSmart synopsis of 2011-2012 Maryland voting records
Apr 11, 2011
- Authorizes an undocumented immigrant to pay in-state tuition rates at Maryland community colleges if the
individual meets criteria including:
- Graduated from a Maryland secondary school or received the equivalent of a high school diploma in the state;
- Registers at a Maryland community college no later than 4 years after graduating from a Maryland
secondary school or equivalent; and
- Provides to the community college an affidavit stating that the individual will file to become a permanent resident within 30 days of becoming eligible to do so, if he or she is not already a permanent resident.
Authorizes an undocumented immigrant to pay in-state tuition rates at Maryland public senior higher education institutions if the individual meets the above requirements, and was awarded an associate's degree at a Maryland community college.
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