Lawbreakers caught without being turned in to Immigration and Customs Enforcement…
(Brendan Clarey, Liberty Headlines) The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police conducted an overnight checkpoint in an immigrant-heavy part of the city, and found that the most common offense was driving without a license, according to the Charlotte Observer.
The news report said during the four hours that police stopped cars, they ticketed 25 people for driving without a license and nine for driving without registration or inspection.
CMPD gives tickets to those driving illegally but is known for not reporting illegal immigrants to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
“Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police have a policy of not asking the citizenship status of people caught driving without a license, which some critics believe allows undocumented immigrants to get back behind the wheel,” the Observer noted.
Despite the policy, city attorney Bob Hagemann said in February he “doesn’t see how” Charlotte could be considered a sanctuary city.
Advocates demanded earlier this year that the CMPD stop the checkpoints because they claimed it harasses all immigrants. But checkpoints are performed in many different areas, immigrant-heavy and otherwise.
Earlier this week a woman, Dora Del Carmen Sosa, drove without a license when she was involved in a car collision that resulted in the death of a 14-month-old.
Sosa is charged with involuntary manslaughter, and is an illegal immigrant from Honduras.
Sosa was ordered to be deported in 2005, and will be as soon as the manslaughter case is over, according to the Observer.
According to today’s news report, 54,000 immigrants live in Mecklenburg County and driving without a license is the most common committed crime among immigrants, ICE says.
Earlier this year, a bill was introduced to the North Carolina House of Representatives that would require the state’s police departments to impound vehicles of illegal immigrants caught without a license.