America is a nation of immigrants, from our founding to today. Chris believes that enabling immigrants to become a strong and vital part of our country is not just consistent with our values, but is a proven path to strengthening our economic future.
In Maryland, 14% of our state is foreign-born. From the farm worker in Frederick to the software engineer in Rockville to the small business owner in Baltimore, communities are strengthened everyday by the contributions of immigrants across the state.
Chris Van Hollen has been a leading advocate of fixing our broken immigration system, earning a 100% rating on the 2014 National Immigration Scorecard for his strong support of comprehensive immigration reform. He knows comprehensive immigration reform isn’t just the right thing for families in Maryland and across the country — it is the right thing for the economy because it will boost growth, decrease budget deficits, strengthen Social Security, and foster innovation. It is critical that we reform our legal immigration system to reduce red tape and unacceptable wait times while providing a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants in our communities. Chris also supported passage of the DREAM Act in the House in 2010 and the DREAM Act referendum in Maryland to give opportunities to young immigrants.
When Republicans continued to block a vote in Congress, Chris urged President Obama to take executive action and defended DACA and DAPA when House Republicans threatened to shut down the Department of Homeland Security. In the Senate, Chris won’t stop fighting until the we pass comprehensive immigration reform.
Chris has received a number of awards for his work with immigrant communities, including:
- Award of Recognition – Casa of Maryland, Inc.
- Legislator of the Year Award – Maryland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
- Recognition Award – The Hispanic Democratic Club of Montgomery County