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Supreme Court ruling ends sex discrimination in immigration law

A ruling from the Supreme Court of the United States clarified the process for citizens in Maryland trying to bring the children of unmarried unions into the country. The law governing this process had been established in 1940, and its wording discriminated against fathers. A case representing a man who had been born of a male U.S. citizen brought this issue to light, and the Supreme Court decided that the law clearly discriminated on the basis of sex.

Trump administration ends CAM program

Some Maryland residents may be aware that starting at the end of 2014, children fleeing from violence in Central America as well as eligible family members could apply to remain in the United States under the Central American Minors program. The program also offered an avenue for children younger than 21 with parents lawfully residing in the country to undergo a resettlement interview before coming to the United States. As of Aug. 16, however, the Trump administration has ended the program.

The economic benefits of the H1-B visa program

Maryland residents have likely heard claims that the H1-B visa program is being used by employers to replace qualified Americans with foreign workers who are willing to accept lower rates of pay, but a study from the University of Michigan and the Center for Global Development suggests that the controversial immigration policy is actually good for the U.S. economy as a whole. Researchers say that the incomes of the United States and India rose by a combined $17.3 billion in 2010 due to H1-B visas, and they claim that program increased the wealth of American-born workers by $431 million.

The naturalization process for spouses of U.S. citizens

The rules and regulations covering citizenship, immigration and naturalization are established and enforced by the federal government. The same basic rules apply, generally, in Maryland as in other states. With regard to the naturalization process for spouses of citizens, the applicable statute is in the Immigration and Nationality Act, at Section 319(a). United States Citizenship and Immigration Services is tasked with enforcement of immigration rules.

How human trafficking victims can remain in America

In 2000, the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act became law. This led to the T nonimmigrant status, and it gave authorities more power to investigate crimes such as human trafficking. Most victims of human trafficking are poor or otherwise vulnerable. They are coaxed into coming to Maryland or other parts of the country with promises of employment or other perks.

Some H-1B visas still allow for faster application processing

Prospective visa applicants who are interested in working in Maryland might already be aware of the suspension of premium expedited processing for H-1B visa applications that took place in April. The premium processing, which was suspended by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, speeds up processing for H-1B visa applications from several months to 15 days or less.

Temporary work visa program expands

A one-time increase in the number of temporary work visas allowed for up to 15,000 additional workers to enter the United States for companies hiring under the H-2B program. For Maryland immigrants, it is important to note that the emergency measure does not include any reforms to the program that has been criticized for poor protections and low wages. It may also be of value to see how this move comes in spite of administration rhetoric against immigration.

Homeland Security releases immigration data

Some Maryland residents who are applying for green cards may be among the majority of green card recipients who are already in the U.S. on some form of temporary visa. According to figures released by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, of the roughly 1 million immigrants who get green cards annually, fewer than half are new arrivals. This has been the case since fiscal year 2004. However, there has been a decrease in the number of people already living in the country who receive green cards and an increase in the number of new arrivals who get them.

What to do when family members are detained by ICE

Families in Maryland that include undocumented members may be unsure of how to deal with the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement when they hold these members of the family. It is crucial to remember that when undocumented family members are detained by ICE, it is necessary to act quickly. Much can happen that is not in favor of the people being held if no one acts quickly on their behalf.

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