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While the focus of the nation has been on the separation of children from their parents at the U.S. Mexico border, the separation of families has become a part of life for the undocumented. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush tells the story of Jose Santillan and his family after he was picked up by immigration authorities just as he set out for his tire business last month.

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NEW YORK (AP) - Six states and New York City are suing the federal government, saying it is unlawfully forcing them to engage in federal immigration enforcement to receive anti-crime funds.

Lawsuits were filed Wednesday in Manhattan federal court on behalf of New York state and city, Connecticut, New Jersey, Washington, Massachusetts and Virginia.

They seek a judge's declaration that the policy change announced last year and enforced beginning last month is unconstitutional.

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Tens of thousands marched and rallied across the country on Saturday to protest the immigration policies of the Trump administration. In Washington D.C. they gathered at Lafayette Park where Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush caught up with some of the protesters.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Democratic U.S. lawmakers are asking the Department of Health and Human Services for explanations following allegations that immigrant teenagers were handcuffed and beaten in federal custody.

Seventy-seven House members signed a letter Tuesday from Rep. Don Beyer of Virginia demanding answers about allegations of abuses reported by The Associated Press and other news organizations.

Sworn statements from six Latino teens described incidents from 2015 to 2018 under the Obama and Trump administrations at the Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Center in Virginia.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan says Maryland will recall the four members of the National Guard he sent to the U.S.-Mexico border and will not deploy other resources until a federal policy of separating immigrant children from their families is rescinded.

Hogan made the announcement Tuesday on Twitter.

The Republican governor says he has ordered four crewmembers and a helicopter to immediately return from where they were stationed in New Mexico.

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The Florida school shooting that left 17 people dead has the nation reeling and politicians scrambling to respond. President Donad Trump praised the first responders and expressed condolences for those who lost their lives. But students at the high school are now demanding action on gun safety.

Last week also saw the failure of the U.S. Senate to approve legislation that would have allowed those undocumented immigrants who came to this country as children to stay under the DACA program.

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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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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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FREDERICK, Md. (AP) - A Salvadoran woman's lawsuit over being wrongfully arrested for deportation is facing its next legal hurdle.
The Frederick News Post reported Friday that Roxana Orellana Santos and the Frederick County sheriff have filed arguments over whether the case should be dismissed before trial.
Santos claims the county is liable for damages after arresting her without probable cause in 2008. She was eating lunch outside when deputies stopped and questioned her. She was then arrested after they learned of a federal deportation warrant lodged against her.

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(AP) - Immigrant rights groups have sued the Trump administration over its termination of a program that protects young people brought to the United States illegally.