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With the number of coronavirus cases topping 3 million in the United States, undocumented immigrant women are struggling with the disease given their legal status. In part one of our series Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush takes a look at how the virus has impacted their employment in Delaware where many work in the poultry processing plants, interviewing a number of women from Guatemala about their lives. We had interviewing and translation assistance from Charito Calvachi-Mateyko for this feature.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Legislation allowing undocumented immigrants to possess a driver’s license in Virginia has advanced in the Senate.

Senate Bill 34, introduced by Democratic Sen. Scott Surovell of Fairfax would allow immigrants to obtain a driver’s license regardless of legal status.

The applicant must prove they don’t have a social security or individual taxpayer identification number and submit a certified statement that their information is true.

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Maryland lawmakers overrode the governor’s veto of a measure that would oversee the management of the state’s oysters.

The legislation would use environmental activists, scientists, watermen and seafood sellers along with an independent mediator that would oversee efforts to increase the oyster population.

WBOC reports that the Maryland Department of Natural Resources would then work with an advisory commission and the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Studies.

They would put together a consensus for how to improve the oyster population.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A federal judge in Maryland has said immigration officers can't use marriage interviews as a "honeypot" to trap and deport people who are living in the country illegally.

Now that same judge will consider a lawsuit filed by six couples who say federal officers did just that in the Baltimore office of U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services.

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BRISTOW, Va. (AP) - Virginia Sen. Mark Warner says his visit to a northern Virginia facility holding unaccompanied immigrant children reinforces the need to reunite children with their families.

Warner, a Democrat, on Wednesday visited Youth for Tomorrow, a Bristow facility founded by former Washington Redskins Coach Joe Gibbs.

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ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) - A Maryland county council has passed a special appropriation that'll create a legal fund for immigrants who live in the county and could face deportation.

News outlets report the Montgomery County Council unanimously passed the measure Tuesday that'll set aside more than $300,000 in the 2019 budget to provide legal aid, but excludes anyone convicted of a list of crimes from accessing the defense funds.

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GREENBELT, Md. (AP) - An immigrant-rights group is appealing a ruling from a federal judge in Maryland favoring the Trump administration's plans to end a program deferring deportation of young immigrants.

CASA de Maryland on Friday filed notice of its appeal to Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Virginia Senate has passed a bill aimed at preventing so-called "sanctuary cities" despite veto promises from Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam.

The GOP-controlled Senate voted Tuesday to approve legislation that would ban localities from restricting the enforcement of federal immigration laws.

Republicans said the bill is needed to show that Virginia respects the rule of law and that undocumented immigrants are not entitled to special privileges.


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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With the election of Donald Trump to the presidency those who call themselves Dreamers have been shaken by the prospect of deportation. Carmen is one of those who was brought to this country illegally by her parents at the age of 12. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush spoke with her about her reaction to the election result and about her future.

Dreamers: Seeking Economic Opportunity

Oct 6, 2016

With the presidential election playing out its final weeks, those who call themselves Dreamers are watching and waiting to know what their fate may be. These are the undocumented immigrants who came to this country as children and have been able to come out of the shadows with President Obama's executive order that has allowed them to stay temporarily in the country. In our final segment, Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush talked with a Dreamer whose family came from Mexico to seek a better life for their son.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Authorities say that Virginia's state and regional jails have housed at least 19,882 immigrants living in the U.S. illegally.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports  that data collected by the State Compensation Board shows that the between 2008 and 2015, jails housed at least 14,460 immigrants who were in the U.S. illegally. The board says there were another 5,422 offenders in jailers' custody who were scheduled for deportation.


ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Immigrant activists are scheduled to protest Gov. Larry Hogan's decision to comply with a federal program to notify federal authorities about when and where people facing possible deportation will be released from jail.

The protest is scheduled for Thursday at the governor's mansion in Annapolis.

Maryland corrections officials say the state is notifying federal officials about release dates and times of any inmate who has been identified by Immigration and Customs Enforcement as an immigration enforcement priority.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Legislation is advancing in the Virginia Senate to bar undocumented immigrants from attending state colleges at in-state tuition rates.
On an 8-7 party-line vote Thursday, the Republican-controlled Education and Health Committee sent to the Senate floor a measure that would override a ruling last year by Democratic Attorney General Mark Herring. The ruling says some illegal immigrants who were brought to the United States as children can qualify for in-state tuition.

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A legislative task force in Delaware is looking at giving undocumented immigrants the right to drive.

The cards would only be used for recognition within the car and only inside the state of Delaware.

They would also require immigrants to take a written and vision exams before getting the license.

Claudia Pena Porretti, executive director of La Esperanza in Georgetown, is one of the 27 members of the panel.

She told WBOC that this would benefit all drivers – especially for identifying those who have been in an accident.


ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland House panel will consider a measure that would allow undocumented immigrants to continue to obtain and renew driver's licenses.

The state Senate passed the bill Monday in a 29-18 vote.

Maryland law currently allows undocumented immigrants to obtain a second-tier driver's license, but that practice is set to expire unless the General Assembly passes a bill that repeals a 2015 deadline to end the practice.

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HYATTSVILLE, Md. (AP) - Supporters of same-sex marriage are teaming up with backers of in-state tuition for illegal immigrants in hopes of building more support for two ballot questions in Maryland in November.

Equality Maryland, the state's gay and lesbian civil rights group, and CASA de Maryland, the state's largest Latino and immigrant rights organization, held a news conference in Hyattsville on Tuesday to announce the partnership.


            Delaware lawmakers will get a chance to weigh in on – what’s been called – The Dream Act.

            The legislation would give children of undocumented immigrants living in the state a chance to get in-state college tuition rates…and become eligible for state scholarships.

            State Senator Robert Marshall unveiled the legislation yesterday  saying that children brought here illegally should get the same access to higher education as legal residents.