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Maryland county ends ICE agreement after executive’s speech

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A Maryland county has ended its participation in a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement program, but the exact circumstances of its termination are muddled.

The Capital reports that Anne Arundel County Detention Facilities Superintendent Terry Kokolis ended the county’s participation in the federal 287(g) program Dec. 4, less than 24 hours after County Executive Steuart Pittman pledged to “kiss” 287(g) “goodbye.”

The county began processing inmates under the program in which local law enforcement agencies check the immigration status of people they’ve arrested in December 2017.

Capt. Keith Quaine says Kokolis ended the program at Pittman’s “direction,” but Pittman’s office says Kokolis “took the initiative” after hearing the speech.

Pittman had pledged to review the program before ending it, and plans to meet with Kokolis this week.

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Information from: The Capital, http://www.capitalgazette.com/

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