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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A sanctuary cities bill was passed even though the governor of Virginia has vowed to veto the bill.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that the sanctuary cities bill initially failed Tuesday on a 50-50 deadlock.

However, the vote against the bill by Del. Gordon Helsel was apparently a mistake and, on the second try, the bill was passed 51-49 on party lines.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A bill that would give undocumented immigrants driving privileges in Virginia has died in committee.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported that Republicans on the state Senate Transportation Committee killed the legislation Wednesday on a party-line vote.

The vote marks the third year in a row that the bill by Democratic Sen. Scott Surovell of Fairfax failed to advance.

Surovell blamed politics. He said the bill is a tough sell for Republicans in the era of President Donald Trump and his anti-immigrant campaign rhetoric.

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BEL AIR, Md. (AP) - A sheriff in a central Maryland county says his department's participation in a federal program to identify people in the United States illegally has been "hugely successful."

Harford County Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler said in a statement Monday that in the year since the program began in the county, 44 people who were arrested have been identified as being in this country illegally and a priority for deportation.

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The decision by the Trump administration to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA has brought protests around the country. The Obama era executive order allowed undocumented immigrants who were brought to this country as children to stay in the U.S. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush spoke to one DACA beneficiary about the impact of the decision on his life.

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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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Those stopped by New Castle County law enforcement will not be asked about whether they are a citizen or not.

In addition, police will be barred from making an arrest on the basis of citizenship status.

County Executive Matt Meyer unveiled what is called the “Safe and Inclusive Communities” executive order yesterday.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Meyer said it was not the job of local police to enforce immigration laws.

Nor, he added, was it the job of librarians or county employees.

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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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It was a close vote – 4-to-3.

But in the end the Christina School Board decided against declaring itself a safe haven or sanctuary for students who are undocumented immigrants.

Board members had questions about its legality as well as whether it would conflict with other district policies by denying immigration officials from access to student.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that that John Young who authored the measure was visibly upset at the outcome of the vote.


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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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The Delaware Supreme Court is hearing arguments over a company's efforts to terminate benefits for a worker who was injured on the job and now faces hardships finding another job because she is in the country illegally.

Roos Foods, a now-defunct cheese company, sought to terminate Magdalena Guardado's benefits in 2014, saying she was physically able to return to work.

The Industrial Accident Board denied the company's petition, saying Guardado was a "displaced worker," and that the company had not shown there was work available for her.