ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Anne Arundel County is joining other jurisdictions that screen inmates at local jails for immigration violations.

The Capital Gazette reports that federal immigration officials and the county have finalized a deal under which county correctional officers will be trained to use federal databases that check inmates for immigration violations, warrants and past crimes.

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A spokesman for County Executive Steve Schuh said earlier this year that it was part of a “moderate and measured approach” to enforcing immigration laws.

Immigration advocacy groups who opposed the plan said among other things that it could heighten fear among immigration communities.

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Maryland’s Frederick and Harford Counties signed similar agreements last year. Federal officials say that 42 jurisdictions in 17 states have joined the program.

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