With ICE backing out of the program, Prince William County police will not be allowed to investigate the immigration status of people they arrest.
Prince William County officials are criticizing federal immigration authorities for moving to change the way illegal immigrants are investigated and detained in the county.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is pulling out if an agreement to allow local police to investigate the immigration status of people who are arrested. Next year, county officials will only be able to check suspects' names against a federal immigration database.
The Obama administration instructed federal authorities to focus on border security and those who commit serious crimes.
Prince William officials say they're stunned to learn their agreement with federal officials is being phased out and not extended for another three years.
Board of Supervisors Chairman Corey Stewart says federal officials are abandoning their responsibilities. He says the county has a duty to protect its citizens.