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Immigration reprieve would apply to 55,000 in Maryland

Immigration reprieve would apply to 55,000 in Maryland

In less than four months, President Barack Obama is due to roll out one of the most ambitious and controversial programs of his presidency: an effort to grant a reprieve from deportation for millions of adult immigrants living in the country illegally. The challenges posed by the new immigration program will be enormous. Although no one really knows how many people will step forward when it opens in May, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office is projecting 1.3 million applicants in the first six months — adding a giant new workload to the agency, which now processes about 6.3 million other applications annually. An estimated 55,000 people in Maryland are eligible to...

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