MCFADDEN: ‘It erodes trust with our community and ties up critical resources that should be used to ensure public safety…’
(Michael Barnes, Liberty Headlines) Mecklenburg County (N.C.) Sheriff Garry McFadden has made good on his promise to end an illegal immigration partnership with federal authorities.
McFadden campaigned on killing a longstanding program known as 287(g), and after being sworn into office this week he promptly followed through.
“Today I’m ending ICE’s 287(g) program in Mecklenburg County and joining the majority of police and sheriff departments around the country who have declined to do ICE’s bidding because it erodes trust with our community and ties up critical resources that should be used to ensure public safety,” McFadden said in a statement.
The Immigration and Customs Enforcement initiative allowed for local law enforcement deputies to check an immigration database to determine whether arrested criminal suspects were in the country illegally.
If so, they could notify federal immigration officers of inmate release dates so they could be taken into ICE custody, which could lead to deportation.
McFadden claimed that abolishing the partnership will make North Carolina’s most populous county safer by redirecting partnership funding “to improve public safety in our communities.”
But records show the 287(g) program has sent thousands of dangerous criminal aliens into deportation proceedings since it was first implemented in 2006.
Former Mecklenburg County Sheriff Irwin Carmichael defended his office’s participation in the program.
McFadden defeated Carmichael in a May Democratic primary amidst left-wing illegal immigration protests targeting Carmichael.
McFadden faced no general election opponent.
McFadden’s decision already may have led to unintended consequences, namely that ICE has been forced to ramp up its presence in Mecklenburg County — which encompasses the nearly 1-million-resident city of Charlotte — as the federal agency can no longer rely on local law enforcement to help apprehend alien criminals.
In July, a Columbian national identified only as Maria was temporarily detained by ICE agents when she appeared in court for a domestic violence proceeding, where she faced a counter-claim filed against her.
An ICE spokesman said at the time that, “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.”