Annapolis, MD – The County Executive, Steuart Pittman on Thursday formally ended the county’s participation in the 287(g) program which requires the county to check inmates for immigration violations and send immigration status to U.S Immigration and Custom Enforcement.

This deal with ICE pays $118 a day per detainee held at the correctional center in Glen Burnie. The County Executive also stated that the fund made from the program will be used to provide legal service to the detainees.

287(g) comes from a section in the Immigration and Nationality Act. The program was created in 1996 and it uses local personnel to screen inmates for any immigration violations.

Anne Arundel signed the 287(g) agreement in 2017, joining two other countries in the state to have this agreement. Frederick County entered into the 287(g) pact in 2008, followed by Harford County in 2016.