CARMICHAEL: ‘For those spreading false information, leading to anger and fear, I urge you to stop it…’
(Ana Michaels, Liberty Headlines) A Democrat sheriff in North Carolina has reaffirmed his backing of a federal program that keeps illegal aliens in custody and reports them to federal authorities.
Mecklenburg County Sheriff Irwin Carmichael said that he supports the federal 287g program’s use at his facility.
According to WBTV in Charlotte, jail officials said that anyone arrested and processed at their jail are asked whether he/she is a citizen of or if they were born in the United States.
Sheriff officials said that if the person is found to be in the country illegally, they put a detainer on that inmate and notify federal authorities.
“It allows me to identify exactly who is in our jail and who is in our community. We are talking about 12 years and nothing has changed in 12 years,” Sheriff Carmichael told WBTV.
The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Mecklenburg Sheriff’s department states that “Participating MCSO personnel will identify and process for removal aliens in MCSO jail/correctional facilities who fall within ICE’s civil immigration enforcement priorities.”
In other words, the sheriff’s office follows the law and has since 2006.
Six counties in North Carolina, including Mecklenburg, participate in 287g.
According to the WBTV report, Sheriff Carmichael has accused elected leaders and community members of “spreading false information about his department’s involvement with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).”
“For those spreading false information, leading to anger and fear, I urge you to stop it. All I ask everyone to do before they make a statement or comment is to come see what the program is,” Carmichael said.
According to the WBTV report, one such community group spreading misinformation is Comunidad Collectiva – an organization devoted to illegal alien “rights” and which is aligned with the anti-Trump “resistance.”
“It is a program that limits community trust with law enforcement,” Stefania Arteaga of Comunidad Colectiva told WBTV.
The report included data from ICE on the last two years of the 287g program for Mecklenburg, which shows the program has caught illegal alien criminal offenders and deported them.
Of the 1,241 inmates in 2016, 100 inmates were deported as illegal aliens by ICE.
In 2017, there were 1,306 inmates and 288 were deported or in the process of being deported.