Immigration law and deportation at forefront in Maryland news

Comprehensive immigration law reform is currently stalled at a national level. However, this has not stopped groups from applying pressure on government officials to address various components of immigration law reform. Any Maryland resident or family member who is facing deportation or has recently had a loved one deported may be interested in the recent calls pressuring the White House to do more to halt deportations.

Three Congressional Hispanic Caucus members recently sent a letter to President Obama outlining their concerns about how families are being affected by deportation. They then met with the president and are requesting that the president uses executive authority to help undocumented immigrants who are at risk for deportation. They are concerned about immigrants who were brought here illegally as young children and are now at risk of deportation because of the actions of their parents.

It is estimated that there currently 11 million undocumented workers in the United States. Under the current administration, almost 2 million have been deported. It is also estimated that there are hundreds of thousands of people here who were brought to the United States illegally by a parent.

Advocacy groups have been increasing pressure on all government officials to halt the staggering number of deportations. While no direct action has been taken, those who approached the president expressed that he understands how devastating deportations can be for families. Anyone in Maryland who is facing deportation or who may be at risk of facing deportation may want to continue to follow the immigration law developments.

Source: The Washington Post, Under pressure, Obama calls for immigration-enforcement review, David Nakamura, March 13, 2014

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