County Executive John R. Leopold Announces That New Detention Center Procedure Spurs Deportation of Illegal Immigrants
Annapolis (April 3, 2008) - Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold announced a significant increase in the number of inmates identified for possible deportation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) since the inception of a new reporting procedure implemented by the Anne Arundel County Department of Detention Facilities on March 6, 2008.
"The cooperation between Anne Arundel County and ICE exemplifies my dedication to preserving Anne Arundel County for its legal residents and my commitment to addressing illegal immigration," said County Executive Leopold. "Those who have refused to follow federal law by entering the Country, who then go on to engage in criminal activity, deserve to be bumped to the front of the deportation line," he added. "The new system is a much more efficient means of identifying persons who may be of interest to ICE who are in custody on other matters."
The Detention Center sends immediate notification of the intake of foreign-born inmates to ICE which then quickly investigates their immigration status. If undocumented, ICE files detainers for future transfer to federal custody and initiation of deportation procedures. Previously, the County Detention Center reported this information on a weekly basis, which resulted in a significant number of prisoners being released before ICE could fully investigate.
The new procedure has already shown an impressive improvement. Between January 1 and March 6 only three inmates were released to ICE. Since starting the new system in March, 45 inmates have been reported to ICE, over half of whom were tagged for initiation of deportation proceedings. Thirteen have already been released into ICE’s custody.
Last November, at the direction of County Executive Leopold, the Anne Arundel County Police Department proudly joined the Document and Benefit Fraud Task Force located in Baltimore City. Chief of Police, Colonel James Teare, Sr., permanently assigned a police officer to the Baltimore field office as an ICE Task Force Officer. In addition, one officer from each of the four districts received specialized training in the areas of ICE and documenting fraud to conduct enhanced investigations and also to collaborate with the department’s ICE task force officer.
Participants in the task forces include ICE, The Department of Justice, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Department of Labor Office of Inspector General, Social Security Administration Office of Inspector General, State Department Office of Inspector General, State Department Bureau of Diplomatic Security, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, U.S. Secret Service and numerous state and local law enforcement agencies.