North Carolina bill would require sheriffs to cooperate with ICE to deport illegal immigrants
A bill introduced in the North Carolina Legislature would require sheriffs to cooperate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement as part of a nationwide move by Republicans who want authorities at the national and do more to arrest and deport illegal immigrants.
The bill would require sheriffs, when admitting a prisoner to their jails, to determine if the prisoner is a legal resident of the United States and, if not, to contact ICE.
Additionally, if ICE has issued an inmate notification requesting that a prisoner be transferred to ICE custody upon release from prison, sheriffs must honor the request under the proposed law.
The Carolina Journal reported that the bill was introduced to counter a number of sheriffs who refused to cooperate with immigration officials.
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“It’s sad that this small number of woke sheriffs are actively choosing to put politics above public safety,” state Rep. Destin Hall told the outlet. “Cooperating with ICE regarding undocumented aliens charged with serious crimes in our state should be a matter of common sense. Their decision to cut off communication with immigration officials only puts more people and officers innocent people in danger.”
Honoring detainees has become a major immigration issue amid the rise of “sanctuary” jurisdictions, which refuse to cooperate with ICE and specifically refuse to honor detainees.
ICE says it places detainees on those who have been arrested on criminal charges and who ICE has probable cause to believe are deportable under immigration and nationality law, and he does this to take custody of the immigrant in a safe setting.
But proponents of ‘sanctuary’ jurisdictions say such laws allow illegal immigrants to get the services they need without fear and encourage them to cooperate with law enforcement on other matters without fear of deportation. . Opponents say it allows the release of criminals onto the streets who would otherwise be kicked out of the country and also acts as a magnet for more illegal migration.
Sanctuary cities were the source of a divisive political debate in 2022, when Texas and Arizona began busing migrants entering the country at the southern border to sanctuary cities like New York; Washington D.C.; and Chicago.
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ICE has been the subject of a legal battle over the Biden administration’s narrow enforcement priorities, which limit the agency to focusing on recent threats at borders, crossings, “aggravated felon” and to national security.
The Biden administration said the rules allow ICE to focus on more pressing threats to the American public given its limited resources. But Republicans pointed to a sharp drop in domestic arrests and deportations, and states pursued priorities. A case is currently being considered by the Supreme Court.
Separately, Republican senators have written to the Department of Homeland Security about the destinations cited by illegal immigrants who are being processed and released in the United States, fearing that these sanctuary cities are the source of the ongoing migration crisis. .
“We are deeply concerned that sanctuary jurisdictions are serving as a pull factor for illegal immigrants and criminal aliens. accountability by moving to sanctuary jurisdictions,” they said.
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