A Maryland county is ending its contract with the federal government to screen detainees for immigration status, county officials announced Thursday.
Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman, a Democrat, campaigned against the program, which went into effect last December under Pittman’s Republican predecessor. Pittman, who was joined at a news conference by county police Chief Timothy Altomare and Terry Kokolis, the superintendent of the county’s detention facilities, said public safety officials determined the program doesn’t have a meaningful effect on keeping people safe.
“Our county detention staff should be focusing on local law enforcement responsibilities rather than furthering controversial federal immigration policy,” Pittman said.
Under the 287(g) program, county detention staff screen people taken into custody for allegedly committing crimes to determine their immigration status.