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Md. county jail profits from housing detained immigrants

FILE - In this March 6, 2015, file photo, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents enter an apartment complex looking for a specific undocumented immigrant convicted of a felony during an early morning operation in Dallas. The federal government provided Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, the most complete statistical snapshot of immigration enforcement under President Donald Trump, showing Border Patrol arrests plunged to a 45-year low while arrests by deportation officers soared. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)

FREDERICK, Md. (AP) — A western Maryland county is turning a profit on its contract with the federal government to house detainees for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The Frederick News-Post reports that the county sheriff’s office receives $83 per inmate per day to house immigration detainees at the county jail.

A county audit found that the cost of housing the inmates is anywhere from $21 to $53 per day, depending on how the costs are calculated.

Last year the county housed more than 300 different detainees under its agreement with ICE. Frederick County Sheriff Chuck Jenkins said that anywhere from 35 to 52 ICE detainees are housed at the jail at any given time.

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