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Immigration officials criticized over raid tactics

Maryland residents may be aware that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement began in May to conduct a series of raids designed to round up undocumented workers and those who have now exhausted all of their legal options. Many of these raids took place in schools, homes and work sites, and immigrant advocacy groups including the CARA Family Detention Pro Bono Project have chastised officials for what they are calling a heavy-handed and inappropriate approach.

ICE settles class action lawsuit over treatment of immigrants

Maryland residents may be aware that detention facilities operated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement have been widely criticized by civil liberties and immigrant advocacy groups. Most of these complaints have focused on the conditions in these facilities and the treatment of immigrants, but the federal agency has also been accused of depriving detainees of the due process guaranteed to them by the U.S. Constitution.

Rules for voluntary departure

People in Maryland who do not have permission to remain in the United States may want to apply for voluntary departure. Voluntary departure allows them to return to their home country at their own expense within a time period named by a judge. While a person who is in the United States illegally may still face hurdles reentering the country following a voluntary departure, in other cases, a voluntary departure may help the person avoid these types of consequences. These consequences may include fines or difficulties returning to the country,

Rate increase coming for immigration applications

There are many ways that a hike in immigration fees can affect residents of Maryland or those considering a move to the state. A notice of coming increases was published by USCIS on May 4, and final approval is expected later in the summer. The agency operates with the fees that are paid by those filing various types of applications, and the last increase occurred in 2010. The reason for the latest planned increase is the need to enhance technology and processing systems as well as to recover costs related to providing its services.

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