Governor Martin O'Malley today released the following statement on U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano's announcement of a deferred action process for young people who are low enforcement priorities:
"I am pleased that Secretary Napolitano has announced this very positive and important step for young people in our country who consider themselves Americans and deserve the opportunity to contribute to our country's future without the fear of enforcement action. This is the only nation that many of these young people have known, and they've worked hard to succeed here."
"I wholeheartedly support President Obama and Secretary Napolitano for taking this important action, which is a step in the right direction towards comprehensive immigration reform. I call on Maryland residents to build on this momentum by supporting our own DREAM Act to give our children a chance to gain the skills and education they need to compete and win in the future."