Joint effort aims at addressing Langley Park housing ills

LANGLEY PARK, Maryland – Just outside the nation’s capital, this community has been struggling for years with aging and neglected housing.  Many properties are overcrowded, poorly maintained, and have multiple environmental health hazards such as mold, lead-based paints, and pest infestations. For all…

Congress looks to remove ‘illegal alien’ from federal use

WASHINGTON – Just three years ago, the words “oriental” and “negro” were removed from federal laws and regulations, after a bill to ban the offensive words unanimously passed Congress. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-New York, pushed the legislation through, under the…

Immigrants have until Oct. 5 to reapply for DACA

After President Donald Trump’s decision in early September to phase out the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, immigrants who need to reapply for DACA protections—in the form of two-year renewable work permits—are quickly running out of time.

Proposed federal rule seeks social media information on immigrants

The Department of Homeland Security recently filed a pending rule in the Federal Register. The rule would allow DHS to collect social media information from all immigrants, including naturalized citizens and permanent residents. The rule doesn’t go into effect until October 18th, after the public comment period ends. 

Ethiopian restaurants foster community in diverse Silver Spring

SILVER SPRING, Maryland – Beginning in the mid-1970s, war and political turbulence led a large number of Ethiopians to flee their home country. Many of these emigrants came to the United States, with a particularly high number settling in the…

Montgomery County’s Indian immigrants feel the pull of politics

WASHINGTON – When Aruna Miller was a child, the discussions at her kitchen table almost never had to do with politics. As part of an immigrant family, “the conversation more revolved around how to try and assimilate yourself into the…

Maryland’s Langley Park tests yet another relationship with Prince George’s County

For decades, Prince George’s County had been criticized for neglecting Langley Park, a transient, low-income Latino neighborhood on its far northwest border. That impression began to change in 2012, when the county included Langley Park in its data-driven “Transforming Neighborhoods Initiative.” Then, in 2017, with little fanfare, the country “graduated” Langley Park from the program.

When supply exceeds demand, wages for Langley Park day laborers suffer

Each weekday morning, contractors in need of day laborers to paint, mulch or hammer pull their trucks into a small strip mall here and begin negotiating with job seekers.

MD Comptroller Franchot discusses the role immigrants play in the tax system

In a town meeting held at the CASA Multicultural Center in Takoma Park, Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot explained that the immigrant population makes a huge difference in Maryland’s economy, and they can pay their taxes safely.

Twitter users in Maryland react to #DayWithoutImmigrants

Twitter users in Maryland comment on the “Day Without Immigrants” movement; a response to President Trump’s proposed immigration policies.

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