SILVER SPRING, Maryland – For the past 10 years, Dr. Ashraf Meelu has paid out-of-pocket to offer basic health care in clinics open to the public.
Last month Immigration and Customs Enforcement began conducting raids in local latino communities, now people are returning to their daily routines.
As he stood outside the White House last November, Miguel A. Guzman listened with bated breath as President Barack Obama announced immigration policy changes that would protect an estimated 4.4 million undocumented immigrants from deportation and allow Guzman to legally stay in the U.S. with his wife and two young children.
Thu Nguyem, 32, emigrated from Vietnam with her family when she was 3 years old, becoming part of Maryland’s growing Asian population.
Immigrant entrepreneurs founded about a quarter of the engineering and technology startups in Maryland between 2006 and 2012. Maryland tends to attract high-skilled immigrants, researchers said.
Like hundreds of undocumented high school graduates, Raymond Jose, 22, (on the right) is waiting to see whether voters will uphold the Maryland Dream Act, which would allow some illegal immigrants to qualify for in-state tuition at public two- and four-year colleges.
If Maryland passes the Dream Act, relocating across state lines may be an option for some immigrant families in Northern Virginia.
At J.M. Clayton’s crab packing house in Cambridge, more than 100 workers spend the day unloading, picking, stacking and then packing the sweet crabmeat that Maryland is famous for.