Dueling MD bills would help illegal immigrants or punish them
By Jeremy Bauer-Wolf | Maryland Reporter
State lawmakers are considering bills that would decide whether local police should help the federal government detain suspected illegal immigrants for deportation.
Two delegates from opposite parties are advocating two completely different approaches to address how extensively local law enforcement agencies should cooperate with a federal program that identifies people for deportation as soon as they are arrested.
Since 2008, local law agencies across the nation have served as an arm of Secure Communities, a federal program that results in hundreds of thousands of deportations every year, according to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement estimates.
Local agencies are required to participate in the program by sending fingerprints of arrestees to immigration officials, but they are not required to honor immigrant detainers issued by ICE that allow local police to hold a suspected illegal immigrant for 48 hours.
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