IMP: Politics And Refugees

Nov 18, 2015

Fraser Smith and John Fritze, of the Baltimore Sun's Washington Bureau, examine the politics of immigration and refugees.

USA the Right Way

Apr 8, 2015
Fraser Smith

The new, immigrant blood that has always made this country stronger flows with undiminished power at Maryland's citizenship center in southwest Baltimore.  Fraser Smith reports.  

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This summer, tens of thousands of undocumented immigrant children fled poverty and brutal gang violence in Central America to come to the U.S. Over three thousand are in Maryland, and the vast majority of those are now with their families. But can they stay? The answer to that question may depend on whether or not they get an attorney.

In Annapolis last week, lawyers from around the state became students again. The Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland held a training session for attorneys who have volunteered to represent at least one undocumented child, free of charge.

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Last September, Williams Guevara left behind his family’s cramped two-bedroom home near San Salvador to travel hundreds of miles by foot, by car, and in packed mini-busses to get to the US. He was 17. He was scared, he says, but making friends along the way made it a little better.

“That was the good part. I think it was the only good part,” Guevara said.

He was apprehended by border patrol just as he crossed into Texas. He spent 24 days in federal custody before being sent to Baltimore County to be reunited with his older brother.

WYPR's Fraser Smith and John Wagner of the Washington Post talk about Governor Martin O'Malley's (and local faith leaders') efforts to find a suitable place in Maryland for some of the immigrant children now at the border, and why the task has been so difficult.

WYPR's Fraser Smith and Josh Kurtz of Center Maryland talk about the crisis of more than 50,000 undocumented children at the border, and the role of Maryland politicians in addressing it.

Maryland General Assembly and 'Secure Communities'

Mar 14, 2014

WYPR's Nathan Sterner and Jeremy Bauer-Wolf of talk about two proposed bills in the General Assembly that would each create a different statewide, uniform policy for cooperating with detention requests from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

WYPR's Fraser Smith and John Fritze of the Baltimore Sun talk about the higher number of Maryland-based undocumented immigrants deported under the federal program Secure Communities, and Governor O'Malley's letter to the Obama Administration requesting an explanation.

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