The crowd at the Silver Spring Library on May 9, 2017.

The crowd at the Silver Spring Library on May 9, 2017.

The D.C., Maryland and Virginia region is home to around 1.2 million foreign-born Washingtonians. About 400,000 of them are undocumented immigrants, making up the seventh-largest undocumented community in the country. A welcoming approach to immigrants, particularly the undocumented, has long defined many local communities. But after President Trump was elected after a campaign calling for tougher immigration laws, debates resurfaced locally over what welcoming immigrants really costs communities. As part of the Kojo In Your Community series, Kojo discusses questions at the heart of the immigration debate from Silver Spring in Montgomery County, which carries Maryland’s largest share of foreign-born residents.


  • Jonathan Jayes-Green Community organizer; Co-creator, UndocuBlack; @JayesGreenJ
  • Liz Matory Former Republican candidate for Maryland's 8th congressional district; @LizMatory
  • Armando Trull WAMU 88.5 Reporter, Race & Ethnicity; @trulldc

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