Weeks ago, before all the headlines, Maryland's Governor Martin O'Malley began conversations with senior White House officials, local leaders in Maryland, and members of the Maryland Congressional delegation to establish a plan to care for some of the children fleeing violence in three Central American countries.
Marylanders are compassionate people, and Maryland families have taken in more children per capita than any other state in the country.
Governor O'Malley has suffered attacks for speaking forcefully about the humanitarian crisis on our border. But none of us can be silent if we expect Congress to have the courage to act, and we must make our voices heard today.
Will you write a Letter to the Editor of your local paper encouraging Congress to ensure these children are treated humanely and given the chance to make their case for asylum in front of an immigration judge?
Three years ago, Maryland passed the Dream Act. There was a heated debate with a lot of ugly rhetoric, but it passed in the legislature and the people of Maryland ratified it at the polls.
Governor O'Malley has always believed that our diversity is a great strength. Stand with him in this fight by writing a Letter to the Editor of your local paper.
Thank you for taking action.
Vice Chair, Maryland Democratic Party