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Immigrant children and placement issues

Maryland residents may wonder about the outcomes for immigrant children who have poured across the nation's southern border with Mexico in recent years. The crisis began to surge in 2014 as numerous unaccompanied minors made their way from Central American destinations through Mexico to seek asylum in the U.S. A recent report indicates that the majority of these children are being placed with adults that lack legal status in the country.

Citizenship for children born to visitors from abroad

Maryland residents may be familiar with recent questions about the rights of U.S. citizens born abroad, but another question commonly arises about children born in the country to non-citizens. If a pregnant foreigner gives birth while visiting the country, the child is typically considered a U.S. citizen. In fact, such a child could even qualify to seek the office of President of the United States in the future. However, there is an exception when a child is born in the country to a foreign diplomat, in which case citizenship is not applicable.

2017 H-1B cap reached

Maryland employers seeking to hire workers from foreign countries to fill specialized positions could face challenges because of the caps for the needed H-1B visas. Examples of those who might take advantage of the H-1B program include engineers, scientists and medical professionals. However, there are limits to the number of these visas awarded each year. When the number of applicants exceeds the number of visas available, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services uses a lottery system to award these visas.

Transgender women abused at immigration detention centers

Maryland residents may be aware that U.S. immigration authorities are struggling to cope with a wave of asylum seekers who hope to escape persecution or danger in their home countries and begin new lives in the United States. Many of these people are gay or transsexual individuals wishing to live in a country where they are not openly persecuted or discriminated against, but a report released on March 23 by Human Rights Watch claims that dozens of transgender individuals have been mistreated in immigration detention centers.

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