The Baltimore County Council has effectively killed a bill that would have required the county jail to screen inmates for immigration violations, but the measure’s chief sponsor vowed to try again.
The council voted 5-2 on Monday to table the measure, which would have required the county jail in Towson to join a federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement program known as 287(g) that trains and deputizes county correctional officers to carry out certain immigration enforcement. The bill would have placed the program among official duties of the county’s Department of Corrections.
The council action kills the bill, because county bills expire after 45 days, and the council will not meet again before this bill expires.
Republican Councilman David Marks — who had been a co-sponsor of the measure — joined the council’s four Democrats in voting to table the bill.