U.S. Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) said ending a program that allows people from countries that are either war-torn or disaster-stricken to temporarily stay and work in the U.S. would hurt both Maryland’s and the nation’s economy because the program’s recipients include many essential workers-some of whom are on the frontlines in the fight against the coronavirus.Read More
Mother of slain black Army lieutenant urges Annapolis lawmakers to broaden state’s hate-crime law; bill would bar murder defendants from claiming they were provoked by victim’s sexual orientation, gender identity; Health Dept. official says changes in required makeup of panel probing maternal deaths might hamper recruitment; Senate OKs bill to ban balloon releases; retailers backing statewide ban of plastic bags; sheriffs opposing bill to stop law enforcement from asking detainees immigration status; Gov. Hogan’s clean energy bill met with skepticism; slew of women running for Baltimore City Council, mirroring national trend; and Washington County gears up to for Next Gen 9-1-1.Read More
To complement the excellent series on human trafficking in MarylandReporter.com last week, two important labor trafficking “enablers” are worth considering: first, relatively easy migrant access to U.S. work permits; second, the strong appetite of American employers for unauthorized migrants who have them.Read More
The single most important lesson Richard Douglas learned over 30 years of involvement with U.S. immigration, nationality, and visa policy is this: the system has no unifying vision. It is instead a crazy-quilt of special provisions for special categories of people. What should America’s vision be for 21st century immigration policy? The central objective of our immigration policy, day and night, must be to promote American economic development.Read More
We’re taking a break from Dec. 25 through Jan. 2. We don’t plan on publishing any original stories or the daily State Roundup until the day after New Year’s. Here are MarylandReporter.com’s top 10 stories of the year, based on traffic calculations by Google Analytics. Four of the top 10, including number 1 and 2, are about the “rain tax.”Read More
Legislation to require state contractors and some businesses to use the federal E-Verify program got its typically cool reception at a Senate hearing Thursday. Bills introduced by Baltimore County Democrat Sen. Norman Stone and Washington County Republican Sen. Christopher Shank would prohibit state contractors and businesses using state grants from hiring anyone without checking their immigration status electronically.Read More
In a new report, the Federation for American Immigration Reform is blaming the overpopulation of the Chesapeake Bay watershed, and the resulting environmental destruction, on the influx of immigrants coming into the area. But bay advocates scoffed at the notion that growth and immigration are to blame for the area’s environmental problems.Read More
Del. Pat McDonough is targeting illegal immigrants through 16 new security bills he is introducing to the General Assembly during the 2011 session.
“It’s time to go on the offense,” said McDonough, a Republican representing Harford and Baltimore counties, during a news conference Wednesday following the General Assembly’s opening session.Read More
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