Mass. travel restrictions are hurting a good cause
A few years ago, a young American man from New Jersey was trying to make his way home to California, only to be stopped at the border by a customs agent.
He said the officer told him he could not leave the country.
A year later, he was stopped again and told he could leave the United States only if he was accompanied by an authorized representative of the United Kingdom.
This time, the border officer insisted he had a British passport and the UK passport was his birth certificate.
The man had no choice but to leave the UK.
More than 100,000 British nationals are currently living in the United State and a significant number of them have families in the US, but some of them are also American citizens, according to the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
While the number of British nationals living in Washington, DC, and Maryland has been steadily rising since 2013, there have been some notable cases.
A man who was trying out for a comedy show in California in 2016 was stopped by an immigration officer who claimed he had the wrong document.
The British man was charged with making false statements, a felony, and was eventually released from custody.
The same year, an Irish citizen was detained at the US border and told his British passport would not work for him.
The officer said he would have to give up his Irish passport for a US visa and that he could apply for one from another country, which was not possible.
The Irish man applied for a visa and was granted it.
The next year, another Irish citizen, an American, was detained in Maryland and told that he had to provide a British identity card to be allowed to enter the US.
He also had to sign a document confirming that he would not be using his Irish identity.
He was later released.
According to the State Department, there are around 2.5 million Irish citizens living in America, including about 4 million in Maryland, 1.2 million in Virginia and 2 million in Washington.
The number of Irish citizens in the Washington region is estimated at about 2,400.
A recent US Census report showed that Maryland is the most densely populated part of the US with about 14 percent of the state’s population living in metropolitan areas.
More than 9 percent of Marylanders live in the suburbs.
As a result, many Marylanders have become increasingly dependent on the US government.
The number of people on Medicaid, a federal program for low-income adults and children, has risen significantly since the start of the Great Recession.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in the first three months of 2016, the number on Medicaid increased by 2.3 million people in the Maryland area, and the figure in Maryland rose by 1.8 million.
That is the largest increase in Medicaid enrollees since 2007, the last year for which data was available.
In 2015, the Maryland Department of Health reported that Marylanders were the only state in the nation where the uninsured rate was higher than the national average.