US Immigration News: September 15, 2017


Immigration News: Stories from the Border

Several cities in Maryland and other states such as San Francisco and Chicago already allow noncitizens to vote locally. However, one Maryland city recently took it upon themselves to vote to enfranchize noncitizens, to expand immigrant voting rights. The City Council in College Park then decided to approve the measure to allow undocumented immigrants, student visa holders and residents with green cards to vote in local elections. College Park is a diverse city of a 32,000 people with roughly 21 percent foreign-born. The city is also home to the University of Maryland, which contains approximately 3,600 international students from over 150 countries. There are few rules and obligations for noncitizens to be allowed to vote in College Park: noncitizens must be 18 and can’t be registered to vote in another jurisdiction or to serve a prison sentence for the felony, among several other restrictions. Noncitizens are still kept from voting in federal and statewide elections, but some find a loophole and can vote in local school council elections and school board elections if they have kids in the school district.

Recently, many Haitian-Americans have been noticing a substantial drop in some people in their communities. “All the chairs are empty. They are empty,” said the Rev. Wilkens Fenelon about his church and the Haitian community. Many other Haitian-Americans can agree with him regarding the fact that they have family, friends, and neighbors who have left. Majority of these Haitians that came to America as refugees after a major earthquake hit the Caribbean nation are now fleeing the country fearing deportation under the new Trump administration. A lot of these immigrants also fear going back to Haiti, a country still very much under poverty, instability, and political violence which is why many of them are choosing to escape to Canada, seeking asylum. Majority of these Haitians, however, have found that the Canadian ‘safe haven’ that they expected isn’t even close as to what they have been witnessing at the border. The truth is, there are no guarantees in Canada, either. Most who cross into Canada illegally are immediately arrested and put into a makeshift refugee camp built by the Canadian military. Although many people believe Canada can be their ticket out of poverty and hopelessness the only way to ensure, a true Canadian dream is to immigrate legally with the help of immigration lawyers successfully.

Haitian Americans

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