A leading immigrant rights group has endorsed state Sen. Rob Garagiola in Maryland's competitive 6th Congressional District race.

CASA in Action, the political arm of CASA de Maryland, announced Monday it had endorsed Garagiola in the April 3 primary against Democratic opponent John Delaney. Garagiola also picked up the support of state Del. Ana Sol Gutierrez, a Montgomery County Democrat. 

The endorsements could be particularly important in November when a proposal to allow some illegal immigrants to receive in-state tuition rates will be on the ballot. Garagiola has said in forums that the Maryland DREAM Act should serve as a model for federal policy.

"Senator Garagiola has worked with the Latino community to make sure our voices are heard in the halls of the State House," Gustavo Torres, President of Casa in Action, said in a statement. "Latinos all across Maryland's 6th Congressional District know that when we elect Rob Garagiola to Congress, he'll be an effective advocate and get results for our families and communities."