Harford Sheriff to Begin Screening Immigration Status at County Jail

The Harford County sheriff’s office has joined a controversial federal program to check the immigration status of the people it takes into custody.

The sheriff’s office is one of fewer than three dozen local law enforcement agencies around the country — and only the second in Maryland — to sign on to the program operated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

ICE, part of the Department of Homeland Security, will train and supervise 10 deputies at the county’s detention center in Bel Air to screen for undocumented immigrants who may have committed serious crimes.


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