My name is Ricardo Campos, I am a DREAMer. I came to the United States as a child. My first year in America, I was a nomad, traveling from state to state. It wasn’t until I found Wheaton, Maryland that I knew where I truly belonged. A place filled with diversity, stability, and tranquility. I have attended two MCPS high schools here in the Wheaton and Silver Spring cluster; Wheaton and Kennedy High School. Walking through the halls of these schools is like taking a quick trip around the world. We have so many different ethnicities represented in our community here in Wheaton and Silver Spring. My home here is such a stark contrast to my life back in El Salvador. Our community is safe and united. My heart is at peace here, Maryland is my home.
On November 6, my neighbors will have an opportunity to recognize students like me. The Maryland DREAM Act is based on a basic concept of fairness. Maryland students who pay Maryland taxes should pay Maryland in-state tuition. It is a simple concept and I believe if people see our fight, they will join us. For this reason, more than one thousand DREAMers and their supporters marched from Silver Spring to Wheaton this past Sunday and we will continue to reach out so that Maryland voters know to vote yes for the Maryland Dream Act this November the 6th.
A Maryland DREAMer