County to screen in­mates for im­mi­gra­tion vi­o­la­tions

The Washington Times Daily - - METRO -

Anne Arun­del County is joining other ju­ris­dic­tions that screen in­mates at lo­cal jails for im­mi­gra­tion vi­o­la­tions.

The Cap­i­tal Gazette re­ported 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 is part of a “mod­er­ate and mea­sured ap­proach” to en­forc­ing im­mi­gra­tion laws.

Mary­land’s Fred­er­ick and Har­ford coun­ties signed sim­i­lar agree­ments last year. Fed­eral of­fi­cials say that 42 ju­ris­dic­tions in 17 states have joined the pro­gram.

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