‘If we’re not able to take these persons into custody in the jail, we have no other choice but to expand ICE resources…’
(Michael Barnes, Liberty Headlines) Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles and the Mecklenburg County Commission got an earful Monday night from angry progressive activists in North Carolina over an increased presence of U.S. Immigrant and Customs Enforcement agents.
But the activists’ anger should largely be directed at themselves.
“It has been weeks, weeks of the raids. We have begged for your help,” said one resident.
“This failure to support our most vulnerable neighbors is an outrage,” said another.
“We are all here to say it is time for the city to step up to the plate,” said Jorge Millares, on behalf of the progressive group Queen City Unity, according to WSOCTV.
Dozens of illegal-immigration protesters packed the Charlotte Government Center holding signs and calling on the City Council to combat ICE.
The federal immigration agency said earlier this month that it had arrested more than 200 illegals in North Carolina, including Charlotte.
The enforcement ramp-up, however, was entirely predicted.
It all began when newly elected Mecklenburg County Sheriff Garry McFadden, a Democrat, campaigned on ending an ICE partnership program known as 287(g).
The program created a federal–local law-enforcement partnership that called for the sheriff’s office and deputies at the Mecklenburg County jail to notify ICE when criminal illegal aliens were arrested and about to be released.
Known as placing an ICE “detainer” on a criminal alien, the process—depending on the circumstances—can lead to deportation proceedings.
Despite the obvious public-safety concerns of releasing criminal illegals back onto the streets, McFadden made abolishing the program a central campaign theme.
With left-wing activist support, McFadden sailed to victory unopposed in November 2018, and within hours of taking office he ended the 287(g) partnership.
But McFadden had been forewarned about the unintended consequences of his politically popular but short-sighted actions.
ICE informed Mecklenburg County law enforcement and elected officials that the agency would have no choice but to step up its activities in the absence of local cooperation.
“The bottom line is, if we’re not able to take these persons into custody in the jail, we have no other choice but to expand ICE resources to go out into the community and look for them and find them ourselves,” an ICE spokesman told WFAE.
“And in doing that, it significantly increases the likelihood that we may come across other unlawfully present persons—who weren’t even on our radar—and those persons could be taken into custody as well,” the spokesman said.
Curiously, Mecklenburg County commissioners passed a resolution in support of McFadden and his decision to withdraw from 287(g), last week.