By Associated Press - Thursday, August 13, 2015

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Immigrant activists are scheduled to protest Gov. Larry Hogan’s decision to comply with a federal program to notify federal authorities about when and where people facing possible deportation will be released from jail.

The protest is scheduled for Thursday at the governor’s mansion in Annapolis.

Maryland corrections officials say the state is notifying federal officials about release dates and times of any inmate who has been identified by Immigration and Customs Enforcement as an immigration enforcement priority.

The state, which oversees the Baltimore jail, says it will voluntarily hold such inmates for up to 48 hours beyond their scheduled release, if officials provide a detainer supported by a warrant.

Hogan spokesman Doug Mayer says the policy is a public safety issue, not an immigration issue.

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