Immigrants’ rights advocates rallied in support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and Temporary Protected Status programs Nov. 8, 2019, in front of Baltimore City Hall. The rally represented a stop near the end of a march from the Statue of Liberty in New York City to the Supreme Court in Washington ahead of a Tuesday hearing that could decide the fate of the programs. The “Home Is Here” march began Oct. 26. Participants, many of them DACA beneficiaries, walked the whole way, sleeping in allies’ homes and church basements.
Maryland organizations criticized as “cynical” and “astounding” the Thursday decision by the Trump Administration to decrease the national refugee admissions ceiling to its lowest level ever. The cap for fiscal 2020 will be 18,000 refugees, down from the ceiling of 110,000 set by President Obama in 2017, according to a news release from the State Department. The decision also allows cities and states to opt out of accepting refugees.
Despite some good news from the first quarter of this year, cocaine-related deaths have skyrocketed annually in Maryland since 2015, with nearly half of those occurring in Baltimore. The vast majority of those deaths — 82%, according to the Maryland Department of Health — involved fentanyl, a powerful and dangerous synthetic opioid.