Police reform advocates press for public hearing on Maryland’s guidelines for local accountability boards
A coalition of police reform advocates rallied in Annapolis Wednesday to call attention to proposed emergency regulations they say would weaken a landmark 2021 law that created new mechanisms for police accountability.
Hispanic, Black Langley Park tenants sue landlord, allege housing bias
A real estate investment company intentionally neglected its two Langley Park properties to maximize shareholder profits without regard for the health and financial well-being of its low-income tenants, who are exclusively Hispanic or Black, a civil rights group has alleged in a federal housing discrimination lawsuit filed this week. Arbor Realty Trust Inc. has allowed […]
Push is underway to test COVID-19 vaccines in diverse groups
In front of baskets of tomatoes and peppers, near a sizzling burrito grill, the “promotoras” stop masked shoppers at a busy Latino farmers market: Want to test a COVID-19 vaccine?
When supply exceeds demand, wages for Langley Park day laborers suffer
LANGLEY PARK – 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. It takes just a few minutes for the price of human labor to decline – often below the state’s minimum wage – as […]
Nonprofit faces common dilemma: $3M grant comes with strings
CASA de Maryland Inc., a nonprofit that advocates for low-income immigrants, is partnering with the University of Maryland’s College of Education to launch a program aimed at helping Latino parents in Langley Park become more engaged in their children’s education.
Lexington Market vendors hopeful about upgrades
In Lexington Market, loyalty is easy to find. Lynette Tarrant has watched over the same kiosk for 27 years. Mark Devine has sold seafood in his family’s shops for almost four decades. Customers navigate the tight labyrinth of vendor stalls with the surefootedness that only comes from years of practice.
Md. same-sex marriage backers ally with immigrants
HYATTSVILLE — Gay and lesbian advocates teamed up with Maryland’s largest Latino and immigrant rights group on Tuesday, hoping to build support for November ballot questions to allow same-sex marriage and in-state tuition for illegal immigrants who have attended a Maryland high school and whose parents have paid taxes. Equality Maryland, the state’s gay and […]
Court of Appeals keeps Dream Act on election ballot
Maryland’s top court cleared the way Wednesday for an Election Day referendum on the state’s Dream Act, which would permit qualified undocumented students to receive in-state tuition at public colleges. Casa de Maryland, an immigrant rights group, had sought to block the referendum, arguing that the law would require the state to appropriate funds and […]
Court of Appeals hears ‘Dream Act’ referendum debate
ANNAPOLIS — Maryland’s highest court appears poised to permit an Election Day referendum on the state’s Dream Act, which permits qualified undocumented students to receive in-state tuition at public colleges, over the objections of an immigrant rights group. During oral arguments Tuesday, several Court of Appeals judges were openly critical of the arguments advanced by […]
Top court to decide if controversial ‘Dream Act’ can be put to vote
An immigrant-rights group’s bid to block a referendum on the Maryland Dream Act is not over yet. The state’s top court has revived Casa de Maryland’s quest to keep the question off the November ballot, agreeing to review a judge’s ruling that the legislation can be put to a popular vote. The Court of Appeals […]
Fewer illegal immigrants identified in Frederick County
FREDERICK — Frederick County sheriff’s deputies say they’re arresting fewer illegal immigrants. The Frederick News-Post reported Tuesday that the number of people identified as illegal immigrants after they were arrested for other alleged crimes fell in 2011 for the second straight year. The sheriff’s office reported 181 such cases in 2011, compared with 227 in 2010. […[...]
Casa de Maryland narrows challenge to Dream Act
Casa de Maryland, the lead plaintiff in a lawsuit seeking to halt a state referendum on illegal immigrants receiving in-state college tuition, will no longer challenge the validity or number of petition signatures approved by the State Board of Elections. Instead, it will focus solely on the argument that Dream Act legislation is an appropriations […]