As Lievinne Mongu listened to the speakers at her naturalization ceremony on Friday, she reflected on her 14-year journey, from fear in the war-torn Democratic Republic of the Congo to asylum in the United States, a home in Silver Spring and a job with the International Monetary Fund in Washington.
We cannot expect countries like Jordan and Lebanon to keep their borders open to the tremendous amounts of refugees escaping the civil war in Syria if we are unwilling to do the same. Immigrants fleeing from war zones in the Northern Triangle of Central America deserve our utmost compassion and a chance to obtain refugee status, no matter whether they are children or adults.
WASHINGTON — A policy unveiled by Gov. Martin O'Malley that was intended to reduce the number of non-criminal immigrants deported from the Baltimore jail is facing scrutiny from advocates who say it contains loopholes so large it will inevitably fall short of that goal.
Days after the federal government abandoned plans to house immigrant children in a Baltimore office building, the Obama administration has begun to explore other sites in Maryland, including one in Prince George's County, documents obtained by The Baltimore Sun show.
Without visa backlog reform, millions of people's lives are in limbo as they wait for their chance to start a new life in the United States. As Justice Breyer put it during oral argument in the Mayorkas case, "They've all been waiting for years and years and years, and it becomes hard to choose among them."
Facing mounting opposition from state and local officials, the Obama administration has dropped the idea of converting a vacant office building in Baltimore into a shelter for immigrant children who have entered the country illegally, officials familiar with the decision said Wednesday.
Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake — who has gained a national reputation for welcoming Hispanic families to the city — joined a growing chorus of Maryland officials Tuesday raising concerns about a proposal to turn a vacant office building into a shelter for immigrant children.
By By John Fritze and Luke Broadwater and The Baltimore Sun
Asylum requests by former gang members are now working their way up to appeals courts — forcing judges to better define the sometimes murky requirements that spell out which immigrants may be granted haven here.
Helicopter crews from the Maryland National Guard are flying night surveillance missions along the Rio Grande to spot unauthorized crossers and to guide Border Patrol agents to their hiding places. It's the battalion's second deployment to South Texas in the last two years.