Based on records in the Diamondback, activism related to the rights of undocumented students began in earnest in 2012 with the DREAM Act. Initially passed by Governor Martin O'Malley in May 2012, the DREAM Act would allow undocumented students to pay in-state tuition for some Maryland colleges and universities including the University of Maryland. On October 25, 2012, a rally was held at the Nyumburu Amphitheater in support of the DREAM Act, encouraging votes for Article 4 in the 2012 election. The rally was organized by seniors Paola Cabello-Henry and Karen Guzman of the Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc., and was attended by students, politicians, and other supporters of the act, like activist group CASA de Maryland. Since 2012, a variety of student organizations such as PLUMAS (Political Latinxs United for Movement and Action in Society) and the ProtectUMD coalition have advocated and rallied for rights and protections for undocumented students, leading to changes such as the creation of a full time Undocumented Student Coordinator position.
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