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BALTIMORE (AP) - More than 30 employees at a Baltimore waterfront eatery didn't show up to work after an owner says Immigration and Customs Enforcement started reviewing its records.

The Baltimore Sun reports co-owner Gene Singleton says The BoatHouse Canton received an ICE request on Thursday to review I-9 forms. He says the more than 90 remaining staff had to keep pace with demand, including a 400-person event on Sunday.

ICE spokesman Matthew Bourke says the agency doesn't "confirm the existence of any ongoing investigation."

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Anne Arundel County is joining other jurisdictions that screen inmates at local jails for immigration violations.

The Capital Gazette reports that federal immigration officials and the county have finalized a deal under which county correctional officers will be trained to use federal databases that check inmates for immigration violations, warrants and past crimes.  

A spokesman for County Executive Steve Schuh said earlier this year that it was part of a "moderate and measured approach" to enforcing immigration laws.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland defense attorney and his interpreter are charged with trying to intimidate a rape victim by raising the possibility of deportation if she testified against their client.

A Baltimore grand jury indicted attorney Christos Vasiliades and interpreter Edgar Rodriguez on charges of conspiracy to obstruct justice and intimidate a victim and a witness.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has pardoned a minor driving offense committed years ago by an immigrant mother of two, saying he hopes this will help prevent her deportation by President Donald Trump's administration.

The case of 30-year-old Liliana Cruz Mendez of Falls Church has become emblematic of tougher immigration policies under Trump.

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CHESAPEAKE, Va. (AP) - One of Virginia's largest cities could officially declare that it's not a "sanctuary city" for immigrants.

The Virginian-Pilot reports that city officials in Chesapeake are considering drafting a resolution.

City Councilman Robert Ike says it would send a message to undocumented workers. Others say it's unnecessary and could send the wrong message to immigrant communities.

Sanctuary cities limit their cooperation with the federal government's enforcement of immigration laws.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia state lawmakers are set to return to the Capitol to consider Gov. Terry McAuliffe's vetoes and amendments to legislation they passed earlier this year.

Lawmakers will also consider the governor's tweaks to the state budget at the so-called "veto session" on Wednesday.

The governor, a Democrat, vetoed 40 pieces of legislation on hot-button social issues like guns, abortion and immigration. The Republicans who control the General Assembly do not have the super majorities required in both chambers to overturn a veto.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland supporters of a bill they say would increase trust between immigrants and local law enforcement are pushing to move the measure to passage in the last week of the legislative session. Opponents, meanwhile, are working to stop it.

Frederick County Sheriff Chuck Jenkins and Harford County Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler came to Annapolis Monday to underscore their concerns. They say the measure will impede local jails from holding people on immigration detainers and make the state "a magnet" for people in the country illegally with criminal records.

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BETHESDA, Md. (AP) - Students and parents whose Maryland high school has been dragged into the national immigration debate declined to comment about an alleged rape case involving a 14-year-old girl and a suspect authorities say came to the U.S. illegally from Central America.

Thursday evening in the parking lot of Rockville High School, one mother would only point to a sign of red plastic cups in a ballpark fence that read "Rockville Strong."

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The Christina School Board has inched forward to create a sanctuary for undocumented students.

This week the board with a unanimous vote initially approved the decision with a second reading set for April 11th.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the board approved an actually policy rather than a simple resolution giving measure more permanence.

The decision directs school personnel are to refer all requests by immigration officials to the Superintendent for the purpose of getting a legal review of the order.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's attorney general has joined 13 other states in opposing President Donald Trump's revised travel ban.

Brian Frosh said in a news release that on Monday he filed an amicus brief in the District Court for Hawaii.  Hawaii has asked for a temporary restraining order blocking the enforcement of the president's revised travel ban.

Frosh says the proposed ban will hurt Maryland's universities and economy.

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WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) - A William & Mary professor says there's no compelling evidence to show that immigration leads to more crime.

Sociology department chair Graham Ousey says in a university press release that some studies show immigrants are less likely to be criminals.

Ousey is the co-author of a recent analysis of 50 studies on the subject. He co-authored the paper with Charis Kubrin of the University of California-Irvine.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Both chambers of the Virginia General Assembly have approved legislation banning localities from restricting the enforcement of federal immigration laws.

The Senate voted along party lines Wednesday to approve the measure after a contentious debate about what kind of message it would send.

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The minority caucuses in Maryland General Assembly say they are backing a measure that would limit the state’s cooperation with deportation authorities.

This is the first time that the Latino, black and Asian American Pacific Islands caucuses have banded together for a new law.

The measure would forbid keeping undocumented immigrants longer than local guidelines despite a request from federal authorities.

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ELLICOTT CITY, Md. (AP) - A Howard County leader says he will veto a controversial bill declaring the county a safe place for undocumented immigrants.

Media outlets report the county council passed the bill Monday. It would also limit county employees' involvement in enforcing federal immigration law.

The bill originally had a "sanctuary county" label, but it was removed to allay fears the federal government might pull funding from the county.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia's attorney general is requesting information on any detentions in Virginia resulting from President Donald Trump's executive order on immigration.

Attorney General Mark Herring said in a statement Sunday that his request includes anyone with lawful permanent resident status or work or student visas. The Democrat's also requesting information about whether U.S. Customs and Border Protection is complying with an order giving lawful permanent residents detained at Dulles International Airport access to attorneys.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam has joined a group of labor and community activists at a rally in support of raising Virginia's minimum wage and offering driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants.

Dozens of people gathered Thursday outside the Capitol for the demonstration.

Northam, who is running for the Democratic nomination for governor, said it's impossible for Virginians to support their families on the current $7.25 minimum wage.

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For the undocumented immigrant the transition team of President-Elect Donald Trump has been unsettling. Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) has been named to be Attorney General and he has been strong supporter of a crackdown on illegal immigration. At a small restaurant in Georgetown where many undocumented immigrants gather they ponder their future with the new administration.

Editors Note: Charito Calvachi-Mateyko provided translation and reportorial work for this story.

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As the presidential race heats up 2016 may begin to tell the nation just where the millennial voters will put their mark after overwhelmingly supporting President Barak Obama.

Delmarva Public Radio’s Stephanie Chisley spoke with young voters as they sort out the issues and the candidates.

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The influx of undocumented immigrants into Delaware has not only brought job seekers, but job creators as well. A number of these immigrants have started up businesses of their own. In part 2 of this series we talk with two more including one who owns a computer company and another who owns a restaurant. Charito Calvachi-Mateyko provided reportorial and translation work for this story.

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FREDERICK, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov.-elect Larry Hogan is celebrating the re-election of a county sheriff known for his tough approach to undocumented immigration and drug trafficking.

Hogan is scheduled to speak Friday at the swearing-in ceremony in Frederick for Frederick County sheriff and fellow Republican Chuck Jenkins.

Jenkins has embraced federal programs allowing local police to enforce immigration laws.

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Senator Ben Cardin says that President’s decision to temporarily allow some 5 million undocumented immigrants to stay in this country is a sign that the congress should act.

The Maryland Democrat  noted that the Senate voted 18 months ago for a comprehensive immigration bill on a vote of 68-to-32 and that the House of Representatives has failed to act.

Meanwhile, Senator Tom Carper also blasted the House for failing to approve legislation and that the president was justified in being frustrated with Congress in failing to deal with immigration reform.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Many of the child migrants placed with Delaware families are living in Sussex County.

That's according to new figures released this week by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that 114 minors apprehended by immigration authorities without a parent or guardian since January have been placed with sponsors in Delaware's southernmost county while they await immigration hearings and potential deportation.

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This past weekend marked the 20th anniversary of Festival Hispano in Millsboro. And, many will see the influx of the undocumented children now coming from Central America and settling in Delaware. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush explored the challenges facing these children.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland officials are scheduled to discuss steps the state is taking to support the federal government's efforts to help unaccompanied children from Central America.

Ted Dallas, the secretary of the Maryland Department of Human Resources, is scheduled to hold a teleconference call on Tuesday with Anne Sheridan, who is director of the Governor's Office for Children.

State officials have been meeting with clergy around the state in recent weeks to discuss ways of helping children who have been crossing the border to escape violence in Central America.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley's administration is working to find temporary shelter in Maryland to help immigrant children who have been crossing the border from Central America without due process.

The Maryland Department of Human Services issued a statement of need on Monday to locate licensed providers who could care for unaccompanied children. It will be published on July 25 in the Maryland Register. That's an official state government publication that is issued every two weeks to temporarily supplement the state's code of regulations.

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FREDERICK, Md. (AP) - A Maryland sheriff known for his tough stance on illegal immigration says he's visiting the U.S-Mexico border to get a firsthand look at the influx of unaccompanied children entering the United States.

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WESTMINSTER, Md. (AP) - The federal government has decided not to use a vacant Army Reserve building in Westminster to temporarily house immigrant children after objections from Carroll County officials.

A spokesman for Maryland Republican Rep. Andy Harris tells WBAL Radio that the congressman was notified late Saturday that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services decided not to use the Westminster facility.

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Some estimates put the number of undocumented children coming across the US/Mexico border at 50,000  with more expected. Most are from Central America and are seeking refuge not only in the United States but also in countries such as Mexico and Costa Rica. Matthew Peters is the director of the Chesapeake Multicultural Resource Center in Easton and spent around a decade in Guatemala. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush spoke with him about why they come. (The full interview will be aired on Delmarva Today at 9 a.m. on July4th.)

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland's governor says a state jail in Baltimore will no longer automatically comply with federal requests to hold immigrants past their release date for possible deportation.

Gov. Martin O'Malley says the Baltimore City Detention Center will now consider the severity of the charges a person is facing when reviewing U.S. Immigration and Customs and Enforcement requests to hold immigrants through the "Secure Communities" program. O'Malley notified Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson of the change in a letter released last week.

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FREDERICK, Md. (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court is refusing to hear a Frederick County immigration enforcement dispute.

The high court said Monday it won't hear the county's appeal of a ruling last August by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

The dispute now goes back to U.S. District Court in Baltimore for further proceedings.

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