Rep. Harris: Visa approval amid crab crisis ‘imminent’
A Maryland congressman says federal immigrant officials have agreed to approve 15,000 more seasonal guest worker visas. The Baltimore Sun reports the announcement Thursday from U.S. Rep. Andy Harris came amid reports that Maryland’s crab industry is suffering a labor shortage. Nearly half of Maryland crab workers were left without laborers to pick crab meat after their […]
Turns out, city failed to pass allowing noncitizens to vote
COLLEGE PARK — Turns out, officials in the Maryland city of College Park failed to pass a charter amendment that would have allowed non-citizens to vote in municipal elections. The city made the announcement Friday, after officials realized that the amendment failed to get enough votes, when it was initially believed it had passed. For […]
Truly celebrating immigrants
Since June of 2014, Immigrant Heritage Month has provided a forum for Americans across the land to explore their own heritage and history and to celebrate the differences and cultural richness that creates the fabric of America. “I Am an Immigrant,” a nationwide effort to gather and share the motivational stories of American immigrants, has […]
City provides counsel for immigrants, but which ones?
Representing immigrants leads news items including travel ban, praising a convict and getting to the point when filing motions.
Court tosses Arizona’s no-bail law for immigrants
An appeals court has thrown out a voter-approved law in Arizona that denies bail to immigrants who are in the country illegally and have been charged with a range of felonies that include shoplifting, aggravated identity theft, sexual assault and murder.
New solo feels at home with immigration law
To Hayley Tamburello, no two days or cases are the same. Since launching her own solo practice a month ago, Tamburello has represented refugees seeking asylum due to persecution and juveniles fleeing violence in their home country.
Gov. O’Malley asks hispanic lawyers for help with state’s refugee children
Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, in his keynote address to the Hispanic National Bar Association's annual conference Thursday morning, called on the association's members to help in his state's efforts to provide pro bono representation for the large numbers of unaccompanied minors who've crossed the U.S. border this year to escape violence in Central America.
U.S. to review policy on release of criminal immigrants
Government lawyers will review how the Obama administration releases some criminal immigrants facing deportation, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson told Congress on Wednesday.
Some immigrants excluded from health care overhaul
PHOENIX — President Barack Obama has championed two sweeping policy changes that could transform how people live in the United States: affordable health care for all and a path to citizenship for the 11 million immigrants illegally in the country. But many immigrants will have to wait more than a decade to qualify for health […]
House advances immigrant licensing bill
ANNAPOLIS — The Maryland House of Delegates on Thursday advanced a measure that would allow people with an unlawful immigration status to continue to obtain driver’s licenses. If passed, the bill would make the existing driver’s license provision for immigrants living in the country without permission permanent and expand the program to include people who […]
Undocumented immigrants may soon get Md. driver’s licenses
Andrea Gonzales is the only licensed driver in her family of three, so for her, a weekday morning means waking up at 5:30 to shuttle her husband to work with their 5-year-old daughter in tow.
Carroll County to vote on making English official language
The Carroll County Commissioners are deciding whether to make English the official language of the county government. The vote Thursday in Westminster caps four months of debate. The resolution was introduced to the all-Republican board in September by Commissioner Haven Shoemaker. If approved, Carroll would join Frederick and Queen Anne’s counties in adopting such a […]