Immigration

Across Maryland, counties and universities boost revenue through ICE contracts

Five Maryland jurisdictions currently have contracts with ICE, and two Maryland universities have consulting and training contracts. While activists across the state are seeking to end these agreements, officials say the revenue is worth it.

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…

In Maryland, advocates educate immigrants about the census

There won’t be a citizenship question on the 2020 census, but immigrants are still afraid of sharing information with the government. In Maryland, immigrant-advocates are knocking on doors to tell residents why the census matters.

Immigrants, led by Jamaicans, slow Baltimore population loss

Steve McMurray owns what some say is the best Jamaican restaurant in Baltimore, doubling as an informal cultural center for what the U.S. Census reported as the city’s largest immigrant group. Baltimore is rapidly losing people, but immigrants continue to move there, helping to stem the population loss.

Immigrant advocates rally in Baltimore before crucial Supreme Court case

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.

Divided Supreme Court hears arguments over young immigrants program

WASHINGTON – With a crowd of protesters just outside of the building, the justices of the nation’s highest court heard arguments Tuesday that may determine the fate of a popular program that protected young immigrants from deportation. At issue is…

High court to weigh Trump’s ending of program for young, undocumented immigrants

WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court is due to hear arguments next week over the constitutionality of President Donald Trump’s decision to terminate a program that protects young, undocumented immigrants from deportation.  Both Democratic and Republican lawmakers, 165 educational institutions (including…

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…

Maryland groups condemn federal refugee admissions reduction

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.

Senators criticize recent Central American agreements to address border crisis

WASHINGTON – Several Democratic senators sparred with representatives of the Trump administration Wednesday over recent agreements to divert asylum seekers to Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala.  The senators objected in a foreign relations committee meeting that the administration has not…