Maryland military service members who are not U.S. citizens may have paths to becoming naturalized. There are thousands of people who are immigrants who serve in the U.S. Armed Forces, and the Department of Defense is working together with the U.S. Customs and Immigration Service to help make certain that those who serve are provided with information about immigration services.
Some Maryland residents may have heard that the federal government announced a plan earlier in 2016 to end the use of for-profit prisons for federal inmates who had been convicted of crimes. However, while the Justice Department will no longer be using those facilities, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement plans to use them to house people who have entered the country without permission. One of the first prisons that detainees will be sent to is in New Mexico, and it has a history of suspicious deaths and providing substandard medical care. The ICE is also looking at facilities in other states owned by the same company.
According to data from the Homeland Security Department, a growing number of people who attempt to come into the United States were from countries much farther away than expected. Maryland residents may be interested to know the country of origin of many who are coming here illegally.
Maryland companies that work with performing artists from other countries may be interested to learn that the cost of visa applications for those artists is set to rise in December 2016. The amount will go up to $460 from $325 per person. This represents a 42 percent increase and applies to DJs as well as musicians and other artists. Some people argue that in an already complex system, this will create an additional burden on artists.