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Maryland lawmakers override immigrant detention bill veto

December 8th, 2021 by WCBC Radio

The Maryland General Assembly voted Tuesday to override Gov. Larry Hogan’s veto of a measure that bans local jails from being paid by the federal government to detain people on immigration matters in Maryland. Separately, the House approved a new congressional map in a special session on redistricting, sending it to the Senate. WBAL reports the House and Senate, which are controlled by Democrats, also overrode the Republican governor’s veto of a bill that requires state employees to deny inspection of records or use of facial recognition technology by any federal agency seeking to enforce immigration law unless provided with a valid warrant.

The measures prompted vigorous debate, both in the last legislative session in April when they were first passed and in the current special session on redistricting. Lawmakers are moving through a series of veto overrides as they also take up new boundaries for a congressional map for the state after the recent census.

Opponents of the measures relating to immigrants who are not in the country legally said they would erode crime-fighting efforts and hurt counties that employ people at detention facilities that get federal contracts.