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County Executive Leopold Orders Detention Officials to House Illegal Immigrants with Detainers

Action complies with request from U.S. Immigration Enforcement

Annapolis (December 4, 2008)-County Executive John R. Leopold announced today that he has ordered the Department of Detention Facilities to hold illegal immigrants for up to 48 hours when U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) authorities have issued a "detainer" on an individual.

Before County Executive Leopold’s action, the Police Department was holding subjects up to 12 hours in less-secure Police facilities. Under federal law, a detainer serves to "advise another law enforcement agency that the Department seeks custody of an alien presently in the custody of that agency."

County Executive Leopold is responding to a request from ICE officials.

"This Administration is committed to providing whatever assistance to federal law enforcement authorities a local government can provide," County Executive Leopold said. "Anne Arundel County Police have provided support in the past, and this is another opportunity to contribute to the greater safety of our communities."

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