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Washington, 5 other states sue U.S. over immigration enforcement policy

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson says Washington state has joined the lawsuit over federal immigration enforcement. (Photo: KOMO News)

NEW YORK - Six states, including Washington, 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 Washington state, New York state and city, Connecticut, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Virginia.

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

Lawyers for the states wrote in court papers that the Justice Department was forcing states to accept unlawful conditions that diminish their ability to set their law enforcement priorities and protect their communities.

The Justice Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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