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Efforts to get immigrants state stimulus money has been struggling in Annapolis. The provision was dropped from the $1.9 billion pandemic relief package, but Democrats say they will take up the issue in a separate measure. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Kim Proteak, advocacy director for Casa de Maryland, an immigrant rights group about the need for such assistance.

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GLEN BURNIE, Md. (AP) - Weeks after a Maryland county stopped alerting U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement about the immigration status of its jail inmates, the federal agency is withdrawing from its contract to house detainees there - a decision that will cost the county millions in revenue.

The Capital reports the agency gave Anne Arundel County three months' notice in a letter Wednesday. The county received about $4 million last year to house up to 130 ICE detainees.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Virginia investigators say they've found no evidence of abuse at a detention facility after immigrant teens described being strapped to chairs with their heads covered with bags.

The investigation found the Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Center does use restraint chairs on "out-of-control" residents considered a safety threat, but that doesn't meet the legal threshold of abuse or neglect.

Regulators made several recommendations to improve conditions inside the facility.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state Senate has passed a bill that encourages Delaware colleges and universities to assist foreign-born student entrepreneurs in maintaining proper legal status within the United States.

The Senate on Tuesday unanimously passed the measure, which is aimed at students engaged in developing new businesses and technologies in Delaware.

The bill is being promoted as an economic development measure. It now heads to the House.

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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.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Sen. Ben Cardin is voicing his fierce opposition to an executive order barring people from seven majority-Muslim countries from entering the United States and halting the refugee program, calling it "against America."
 
The Maryland Democrat spoke at a news conference at Catholic Relief Services in Baltimore on Monday.
 

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WASHINGTON (AP) - A George Mason University student from Libya who was stuck overseas for a week is back in the U.S. after a federal judge put President Donald Trump's immigration executive order on hold.

WRC-TV reports Najwa Elyazgi, a senior with a student visa, was in Istanbul last week when she was told she couldn't board a connecting flight back to the U.S. because of Trump's order halting immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries.

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ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) - A judge will hear arguments on a lawsuit challenging aspects of President Donald Trump's travel ban.

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring, a Democrat, is seeking to join the lawsuit and broaden its scope. When it was first filed, it focused primarily on lawful permanent residents - commonly known as green-card holders - who were affected by the ban. Herring's motion indicates he would seek protections for those on student and work visas and those with refugee status as well.

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More than 35 people gathered outside Legislative Hall in Dover denouncing the President’s executive order suspending the Syrian refugee program and banned immigrants from seven predominantly Muslim countries.

At the rally held by the Delaware Civil Rights Coalition Iram Shauka with the Women of the Islamic Society of Delaware read out a poem urging tolerance.

“I am your equal. I am your ally. I am your friend, your neighbor, your family. Not a terrorist, and not a spy.”

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh is asking the Department of Homeland Security for information about how the U.S. is implementing President Donald Trump's order restricting refugees and immigration in the state.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia is joining a federal lawsuit challenging President Donald Trump's executive order on refugees and immigration.

Attorney General Mark Herring announced the legal action on Tuesday, calling Trump's executive order "unlawful, unconstitutional and un-American."

Trump's order suspends immigration for citizens of seven countries for 90 days and blocks refugees from entering 120 days.

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By 2060 the Hispanic population is expected to be the largest minority in Sussex County. And in Immigration Policy Center notes that the Pew Hispanic Center found the undocumented make up around 4.5% of the Delaware workforce. Hidden amongst these figures is a group of undocumented entrepreneurs -- some of whom have businesses making a good deal of money. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush reports on some of these undocumented immigrants who have established these businesses. Charito Calvachi-Mateyko helped produce this story with reportorial and translation work. (Part 1)