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Md. Gov. Larry Hogan vetoes Dignity Not Detention Act



Gov. Larry Hogan vetoed Wednesday what he criticized as “sanctuary state legislation,” which would have ended Worcester County’s role in federal immigration detention.

Known as the Dignity Not Detention Act, House Bill 16 was proposed to ban agreements to house federal immigration detainees in Maryland at the state or local level. Worcester and Frederick counties are the only Maryland jurisdictions that currently have these contracts.

fiscal and policy note for the bill showed the counties were set to receive a combined $5 million from the federal government for fiscal year 2021 in exchange for holding ICE detainees in their local jails.

The largest share of that money was slated for Worcester County, where the expected $4 million in federal payments would account for about 42% of the local jail’s more than $9 million budget.

The Worcester County Detention Center may lose more than $5 million in annual federal funds if a bill that would require the county to end a long-running contract with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency, or ICE, to house immigration- related detainees by October 2022 passes the General Assembly.

House Bill 16’s provisions would also have cut off the ability for local and state governments to benefit from or incentivize the creation of private immigration detention facilities alongside increasing transparency surrounding future proposals for such facilities.

The legislation passed on the final day of the General Assembly’s 2021 session after it was amended to include components of separate legislation on immigration enforcement as well.


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Source: GANNETT Syndication Service