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President Trump tweeted Wednesday that a new section of the border wall just erected in New Mexico, and he was telling the truth.

Customs and Border Protection confirmed in an email ... that the wall referenced in Trump’s tweet was a project announced in April 2018 to build 20 miles of new steel wall that replaced small fencing that prevents vehicle crossing. The new barriers are from 18 to 30 feet high, depending on the terrain.



Money for the project came from the congressional budget passed in May 2017, signed by Trump. It granted $73.3 million toward the Santa Teresa area of border in New Mexico, which sits just outside of El Paso.

“We have just built this powerful Wall in New Mexico,” Trump tweeted. “Completed on January 30, 2019 – 47 days ahead of schedule! Many miles more now under construction!”

If the new construction for the New Mexico wall was completed on Jan. 30, that would also mean Trump was right about it finishing well ahead of schedule. A press release from the Department of Homeland Security in April last year said that the project would begin immediately and would take approximately 390 days, which would have been in May. (A report in the El Paso Times in September, however, had readjusted the expected finish date to be closer to March.)

Trump last week also bragged that the administration had begun a new 6-mile stretch of wall in Texas. That was also true.

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so really, the New Mexico governor pulling her national guard from the border was just a political stunt, she knew her citizens were already being protected by America's border wall.
 

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Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced yesterday that authorities have discovered human traffickers keeping 67 illegal aliens from Guatemala and Ecuador in a "stash house" in Dexter, New Mexico. ICE reports that among these victims abused by transnational criminals include 6 teenagers.

“As the deplorable conditions of this stash house demonstrate, transnational criminal organizations (TCOs) have no respect for human life,” Jack P. Staton, special agent in charge of ICE Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) El Paso, said in a press release. “Human smuggling is a multi-billion-dollar enterprise, and the individuals being smuggled are viewed as cargo by the criminal networks. HSI continues to investigate this organization and will hold them accountable for their illicit activities.”

ICE charged Guatemalan national Tomas Miguel Mateo with a "federal criminal complaint with harboring the illegal aliens and with unlawfully re-entering the United States after having been previously deported."

According to the press release, conditions for these illegal aliens were absolutely atrocious as dozens of people were cramped into 20 by 20 foot shed. Shockingly, one sign in Spanish in the stash was posted saying “Don’t use the bathroom.”

ICE, an organization the far-left seeks to abolish, regularly saves victims of human trafficking. According to ICE's website, "In fiscal year 2016, HSI initiated 1,029 investigations with a nexus to human trafficking and recorded 1,952 arrests, 1,176 indictments, and 631 convictions; 435 victims were identified and assisted."

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Sen. David Perdue of Georgia said he was “not prepared” for the explosion in drug trafficking that he learned about during a recent visit to the U.S. border with Mexico.
“I saw something that I was not expecting,” the Republican lawmaker told The Western Journal at the Conservative Political Action Conference outside of Washington, D.C., late last week.

“I expected to see the human trafficking, and we saw that with (Border) Patrol overnight,” Perdue said. “What I was not prepared for was the size and scope and how dramatically the drug trafficking has grown.”
He said that there has been an “explosion” in drug trafficking in the McAllen, Texas, area, where he visited.

The senator said seizures of fentanyl are up 73 percent from a year ago and methamphetamine is also flowing through the border at high levels. “This is a drug crisis of gargantuan proportion,” Perdue said.

He said Mexican cartels use human trafficking as a “distraction” to tie up Border Patrol agents, making it easier for drug traffickers to slip through.
NBC News reported the number of migrants crossing into the U.S. hit a 12-year-high for the month of February at 76,100.

Since the beginning of the fiscal year in October, Border Patrol has apprehended over 268,000 individuals entering in the country, a 97 percent increase over the same period in the previous year, according to the White House.

Cartels are thought to make about $2 billion in human trafficking, while trafficking drugs nets over $30 billion, Perdue said.
The senator related there is no doubt in his mind that what is happening at the border is a crisis, noting that is how former President Barack Obama described it, as well.

Perdue said 135 miles of barriers were built along the southern border while Obama was in office.

President Donald Trump has 124 miles under construction and improvement to existing barriers underway, and Congress just authorized 55 miles of new construction, Perdue said.

About 650 miles of the 1,954-mile border are covered with barriers of various forms, including 374 miles of pedestrian fencing, CNN reported.
Perdue said there’s no question that walls work.

“We know that where you build walls, illegal activity drops by 95 percent,” he said.

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The number of undocumented immigrants crossing the southern border last month was the highest total for February in 12 years, according to statistics released by Customs and Border Protection on Tuesday.
In 28 days, and in the same month President Donald Trump declared a national emergency in order to build a border wall, 76,103 immigrants without the needed documentation to enter the U.S. either presented themselves at legal ports of entry or were apprehended by Border Patrol between ports of entry.
It is the highest total for February since 2007, DHS officials said at a press conference Tuesday. It is also the highest single-month total since Trump was elected in November 2016. Crossings hit 66,842 in October 2016, just before Trump's election.​

The number of people taken into custody along the Mexico border jumped an additional 31 percent last month as an unprecedented mass migration of families from Central America pushes unauthorized crossings to the highest levels in a decade, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection figures released Tuesday.
Last month, the shortest of the year, was the busiest February at the border since 2007, officials said, with authorities detaining 76,103 migrants, up from 58,207 in January. The percentage of migrants who arrived as part of a family group also reached a new peak, with 40,325 parents and children taken into custody, a 67 percent leap from the previous month.
“The system is well beyond capacity and remains at a breaking point,” Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan, the nation’s top border security official, told reporters Tuesday afternoon.​

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Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) argued in a hearing Wednesday that people often overlook the humanitarian concerns caused by smugglers exploiting women and children through the U.S. asylum process.

After DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen faced harsh questioning from Democrats regarding the separating of children from their parents at the border, Crenshaw noted, “a lot of questions have come up about the humanity of our policies, as they should. There’s some rightful anger about family separation but unfortunately it’s myopic because nobody ever talks about the other issues that we might have when it comes to our humanity.”
Crenshaw shared a discussion he'd had with a woman who told a heartbreaking story of kidnapping and sex trafficking.

“There was a young woman in my office yesterday, she’s from Mexico, she’s about eighteen years old. She was taken across the border, kidnapped about five years ago," he said, "they were turned back twice by border patrol, on the third attempt they made it through and she was brought to New York city where she was raped approximately 30 times a day for five years.”

“I don’t know why nobody talks about that kind of stuff,” Crenshaw said.
He went on to relate what he had seen at his own visit to the border in McAllen, Texas.

“In one location, 16 kids came across with adults that were not their parents,” he recounted. “Further questioning and follow-through led to a stash house of fifty-four people kidnapped inside in Houston.”
“Nobody talks about that humanity,” he lamented.

Crenshaw argued that those incidents are “direct results of the fact that our asylum laws are taken advantage of," and "of the fact that that woman in my office was allowed to walk straight across the border, nobody stopped her, there’s no wall, nothing.”

He said that walls work and provided the example of Brownsville, Texas which has 35 miles of border fencing and about six percent of illegal apprehensions as compared to the 94 percent that occur in McAllen, Texas where there is no wall.
Crenshaw also highlighted the fact that, under current asylum law, “if you bring a child with you, it’s your ticket into the United States, all you have to do is claim asylum.”

Townhall’s Katie Pavlich has repeatedly called attention to the fraudulent parent issue along the border.
"You can never really verify who the parents really are," former Border Patrol and Customs Special Agent Jason Piccolo told her. "Especially in light of adult males showing up with kids."

“Would you agree that our asylum process is completely taken advantage of?” Crenshaw asked Nielsen.
Nielsen agreed and called on Congress to fix the problems with current U.S. asylum law.

“There is nothing humane about a system that contemplates what we see today, that contemplates 60,000 children coming across the border unaccompanied, that contemplates the rape and abuse, the trafficking and child exploitation, the 70,000 Americans who died last year from drugs,” she said. “I’m asking Congress to work with me to change the law so that we can have a safe and orderly flow.”

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Authorities apprehended more than 700 illegal immigrants in El Paso overnight from Tuesday to Wednesday, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Two convicted sex offenders were among those detained. The men had attempted to enter the U.S. with larger groups of immigrants that agents were processing.

“Both sex offenders were arrested in different groups attempting to enter the United States illegally evading Border Patrol agents. Both subjects had been convicted of their sex offenses and had served time in jail before being deported from the United States,” CBP said in a news release Thursday.

An unaccompanied 2-year-old was also found among one of the large groups, according to CBP.

The immigrants, mostly from Central America, had traveled primarily in large groups through Mexico before crossing into the U.S. The influx of crossings continued into Thursday to bring the total to more than 1,000 over a two-day period, KTSM-TV reported.

The recent apprehensions were among the largest number of illegal immigrants taken into custody in El Paso in recent years.

The number of unaccompanied children (those younger than 18 years old) who’ve been taken into federal custody in El Paso has spiked by 296 percent this fiscal year over 2018, according to recently released CBP data.

From October 2017 to February 2018, there were 1,355 unaccompanied minors apprehended. Since October, there have been more than 5,372.

And the number of those captured, while traveling as family units, has exploded by 1,689 percent, according to CBP data.

Agents in El Paso have taken in more than 36,298 traveling as family units since October, up from 2,029 during the same period during the fiscal year 2018.

One of the large groups was reportedly made up of mostly women and children from Brazil, Guatemala, and Honduras to Mexico.

One man said he had traveled with his daughter for days because he wanted to escape poverty in his home country.

“That’s why we’re pursuing this dream to travel to the United States so we can help our families, help my daughter who is here with me so she can go to school,” Andres Martinez told KTSM before he was detained.

But authorities said the immigrants are merely a diversion for drug smugglers.

“They’re using these individuals to try to coordinate movements and try to get our agents to create gaps in the coverage and that way they can try to exploit those gaps for the criminal aliens,” Border Patrol spokesman Joe Romero told the news outlet. “We’re talking about the felons. The wanted individuals, the pedophiles, the rapists, the murderers. They are trying to smuggle them past our agents by inundating them with groups like this.”

According to Romero, the smugglers are the ones who are controlling the movement of the immigrants and where they attempt to cross from Mexico into the U.S.
A smaller group of six was also arrested Wednesday.

A “28-year-old U.S. citizen and self-proclaimed prison gang member, was found to have an outstanding federal warrant for escape. In addition, the subject has a lengthy criminal record. The subject was remanded to the custody to the U.S. Marshals Service. The other five aliens are currently being processed accordingly,” according to the CBP release. “Criminal organizations continue to attempt to distract and occupy Border Patrol agents, however their continued vigilance and experience is stopping these attempts.”

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An illegal immigrant with prior convictions and multiple arrests for offenses such as false imprisonment and battery has been taken into custody in the stabbing death of a woman in San Jose, California.

Law enforcement officials decried the state’s sanctuary law as they revealed that before the murder, Santa Clara County officials ignored no less than nine U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainer requests for the self-professed gang member.

Police say Carlos Eduardo Arevalo Carranza, 24, stalked 59-year-old Bambi Larson before breaking into her home and killing her in her bedroom last month. Larson’s body was discovered by her son on Feb. 28, when he checked in on her after she failed to show up for work.

Carranza was arrested Monday after investigators linked him to the crime using DNA evidence from Larson’s home. He was also seen on security footage “stalking” the area near Larson’s home on the day of her murder and well as leaving the residence after the crime was committed.

The transient’s lengthy rap sheet goes back to 2013 when he was arrested for crossing into the U.S. at the southern border. He was deported back to Mexico but returned only to be arrested another 10 times with at least three convictions prior to Larson’s murder, according to the Daily Mail.

At the time of his arrest, Carranza was on probation for false imprisonment, burglary, and possession of methamphetamine.

San Jose Police Chief Eddie Garcia revealed at a news conference that ICE had applied nine times for a detainer on Carranza, which would have allowed for the suspect to be held longer than his jail term in order to allow federal authorities time to investigate his immigration status.

But county officials ignored the repeated requests due to Santa Clara’s sanctuary status, allowing Carranza to be released and commit further crimes. Garcia slammed the practice of freeing immigrant offenders rather than assisting ICE, saying, “This isn’t about politics, this is about public safety.”

“We are here to protect and embrace our otherwise law-abiding, undocumented residents,” Garcia added. “We are not here nor should we be here to shield admitted gangsters or violent criminals regardless of immigration status.”

ICE field director Erik Bonnar also spoke out against sanctuary policies, asking in a statement, “How many more people have to be killed or injured before California lawmakers will open discussions to revise the state policy prohibiting local law enforcement agencies from working with ICE to apprehend dangerous criminal aliens?

“It’s unfortunate that our communities face dangerous consequences because of inflexible state laws that protect criminal aliens,” Bonnar said in the statement. “These sanctuary policies have unintended, but very real, and often tragic consequences to public safety.”

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Customs and Border Protection in the San Diego Sector released a video earlier this week showing human traffickers dropping two young children over old sections of the border fence. The children were used as a way to distract Border Patrol agents. While the agents moved to help the children, who were left alone, nearly a dozen illegal aliens crossed into the United States nearby. Those individuals are now lost inside the country.


Last night, a human smuggler dropped two young Salvadoran girls, 6 and 9, from the aging border barrier behind concertina wire. As agents vacated their patrol positions in response, 10 people crossed illegally nearby. They eluded capture.
Last week Border Patrol Chief Carla Provost testified in front of Congress about the toll unaccompanied minors and family units are taking on agents' ability to carry out their core mission.

Each day nearly 25 percent of my agents are diverted away from our border security mission to transport, care for and process family members and unaccompanied minors," Provost said. "As more migrants arrive with medical needs, agents are transporting and escorting an average of 55 people a day to medical facilities. We are committed to addressing this humanitarian need, but we know when agents are occupied narcotics smugglers, criminal aliens, gang members and others use the opportunity to violate our borders and our laws."

Human traffickers and illegal aliens are using children as shields to break U.S. laws. Congress is doing nothing to stop it.

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when is the left going to open their eyes to this crap..it isnt about racism or bigotry or being mean spirited..it is about protecting a sovereign nation from an invasion
 

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After all of this documentation and facts, the Democrats still will not put America first. To them it is all about obstructing Trump even if it puts American citizens at risk. The Democrats are our enemy within.
 
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SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — The friend of a San Jose woman murdered in her own home by an undocumented immigrant with a long criminal record on Monday said Bambi Larson’s accused killer deserves the death penalty.

Diane Collman is a local author and friend to South Bay homicide victim Larson. She is outraged and demanding both justice and a change to the policies that allowed homeless undocumented immigrant Carlos Arevalo-Carranza to walk free despite his lengthy record.

“And I want to know, why he was allowed to be here?” asked Collman. “And why the hell he wasn’t taken and put somewhere where he could never get back out and do this?”

Collman remembered Larson as a special friend who was always giving over her time.

“She was the gentlest, kindest, most decent human being,” said Collman.

The two first met when she was Larson’s yoga instructor. The two became close friends over the years.

Larson was there the night before Collman went in for a risky surgery to remove a cancerous tumor. She was there when Collman lost her home to water damage.

And Larson was one of the few people who showed up to Collman’s local book signing event.

Collman described Larson as a once in a lifetime kind of friend.

“She showed up in my life in good times, and she showed up in my life in really hard times,” explained Collman. “And what’s even more extraordinary is I never had to ask her. She just showed up.”

Investigators say security camera footage captured Arevalo-Carranza entering Larson’s home in the early morning hours of February 28.

Detectives say the suspect stabbed Larson in the neck and torso several times, then walked down the street, ditching bloody clothing in a garbage bin.

Arevalo-Carranza crossed the border in 2013 and has a long rap sheet, including meth use, petty crimes and battery of an officer. ICE had submitted so-called detainer requests to hold the suspect until they could question him.

But according to county policy, the detainers were not honored, and Arevalo-Carranza was released a total of four times in Santa Clara County.

“And it’s much bigger than her poor grieving family, or a poor grieving friend,” said Collman. “This is much bigger now.”

Collman said that legislators bear some of the responsibility for what happened to Larson.

“And some of the policy makers, they sit behind iron gates. They have protection. They make the rules for the rest of us,” said Collman. “And I can tell you that my friend was a very law abiding human being. She trusted those rules. She followed them. She thought they were keeping her safe. And they failed her.”

Collman told KPIX she wants more than justice for her friend. She wants her brutal homicide to be a catalyst for change.

“I want our community to feel a sense of outrage. And I want her death to stand for something,” said Collman. “She was good to me and a lot of people like me. And I want her to save lives now.”

When asked if she felt Arevalo-Carranza deserved the death penalty, Collman was adamant.

“I want the death penalty over and over for this monster. Of course I do! Of course I do,” she said. “And I’m a yoga instructor! I’m somebody who wouldn’t hurt anything.”

But because of the moratorium on capital punishment signed by Governor Gavin Newsom last week, the death penalty will likely not be an option in this case.

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Border Patrol agents in El Paso, Texas, nabbed more than 400 illegal immigrants on Tuesday — in the span of five minutes.

The agents approached and apprehended two large groups within five minutes of each other early Tuesday morning.

The number of people from both groups totaled over 400. The first group apprehended contained 194 immigrants, while the second group contained had 252 people. Both groups were said to be illegally crossing the border in two separate areas in El Paso.

Federal officials said that both groups were comprised of both adults and children from Central America.

Over the last month, the El Paso sector of the U.S. Border Patrol has averaged about 570 apprehensions daily.

“In all, agents had already taken over 430 people into custody within the first three hours in what appears to be only the beginning of another busy day for the El Paso Sector Border Patrol,” officials said in a news release.

The release noted that the influx of illegal immigrants is beginning to tax local resources.

“These numbers continue to stretch the resources available to the U.S. Border Patrol to deal with this influx and the challenges that come with it,” the release added.

On Monday, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said that immigration is on track to hit levels not seen in more than a decade. Nielsen made the remarks during her annual State of Homeland Security address at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

“I want to cut through the politics today to tell you loud and clear: There is no ‘manufactured’ crisis at our southern border. There is a real-life humanitarian and security catastrophe,” Nielsen insisted. “The situation at our southern border has gone from a crisis, to a national emergency, to a near system-wide meltdown.”

Nielsen revealed that the department is on track to accost approximately 100,000 immigrants in total by the end of March.

“The system is breaking, and our communities, our law enforcement personnel, and the migrants themselves are paying the price,” Nielsen warned.

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U.S. Customs and Border Patrol on Tuesday released 50 migrants recently detained at the border near Mcallen, Texas due to a lack of space in the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention centers they would otherwise be sent to while awaiting their asylum hearings.

CPB officials told the Los Angeles Times that the migrants released Tuesday represent just the first wave of a group of hundreds whom they will be forced to release in the coming days due to a lack of resources.

Border Patrol spokesman Carlos Diaz said the 50 migrants were given notices to appear in court and released to local charities after their processing center in McAllen was overwhelmed by the number of migrants arriving each day.

“It is a crisis,” an unnamed CPB official told the Times. “It’s not a self-proclaimed crisis.”

The unnamed official’s assessment of the situation at the border echoes those of President Trump and Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen, who have raised alarms in recent months about the particular challenges posed by the high numbers of Central American families arriving at the border every day.

“In February, we saw a 30 percent jump over the previous month, with agents apprehending or encountering nearly 75,000 aliens,” Nielsen told the House Committee on Homeland Security earlier this month. “This is an 80 percent increase over the same time last year. And I can report today that CBP is forecasting the problem will get even worse this spring as the weather warms up.”

“Over 60 percent of the current flow are family units and unaccompanied alien children, and 60 percent are non-Mexican,” she added, likely referencing the provision in U.S. immigration law that requires asylum-seekers native to non-contiguous countries be allowed to remain in the U.S. while their asylum applications are adjudicated.

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The White House condemned New York City’s sanctuary stance after an illegal immigrant bit off an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agent’s finger.

“New York’s dangerous ‘sanctuary’ policies are directly responsible for the egregious and violent harm suffered by this courageous ICE officer,” White House deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley told The Daily Caller Wednesday.

On Mar. 14, court papers revealed that Cristopher Santos Felix was charged with assault. The New York Post reported that Felix entered the U.S. in June 2015 on a visitor’s visa. Officers went to his home 11 days prior to arrest him for staying in the U.S., “’longer than his legal authorization permitted.’” The officers took off the handcuffs, allowing Felix to put on some clothing.

Felix, “became combative,” struggling with the officers in his bedroom. When an officer tried to restrain him, the suspect bit his ring finger off.

“Sources said Santos Felix has racked up a criminal history while in the US,” The Post wrote. “Including a prior conviction for driving while intoxicated and a Sept. 29, 2018 arrest by local authorities for assault charges.”

The Caller wrote that an ICE spokeswoman said they requested a detainer for Felix during his Sept. 2018 arrest so that he could be taken into federal custody. But New York City released Felix due to their sanctuary policies.

“Communities are safer when law enforcement works together, yet sanctuary city policies continue to hinder the coordination needed to keep dangerous criminals off our streets,” the spokeswoman said. “The officer’s injury was the direct, foreseeable and entirely avoidable result of New York’s criminal alien sanctuary policies. Proponents of sanctuary policies claim they make communities safer, but in many cases they are causing more harm than good.”

Felix isn’t the only immigrant criminal who was settling in New York. ICE arrested 118 illegal immigrants back in January through “Operation Cross Check.” 107 were convicted criminals or had pending charges.

“Many of those arrested had felony convictions for serious and/or violent offenses,” The Caller reported. “Including sex crimes, assault and weapons charges. Several had past convictions for multiple and/or significant misdemeanors, according to ICE.”

There are currently eight sanctuary states, according to the Center for Immigrations Studies.

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RALEIGH — Republicans in the North Carolina House filed a bill last week that would require sheriffs in the state to cooperate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (known as ICE) when they request immigrants charged with crimes be held and transferred into their custody.
With many Democrats at the national level backing an “abolish ICE” movement, some North Carolina sheriffs in urban counties ran on the issue to appeal to their voters.
“Several sheriffs in North Carolina aren’t communicating with their fellow law enforcement officers about the detention of illegal immigrants accused of crimes,” Rep. Destin Hall (R-Caldwell), the lead primary sponsor of H.B. 370, said in a press release. “These sheriffs are putting politics ahead of public safety.”
The issue was brought to the public’s attention as opposition to 287(g) agreements with ICE has grown among Democrats. Section 287(g) of the U.S. Immigration and Nationality Act allows state and local law enforcement to be deputized in enforcing federal immigration law.
“287(g) is a voluntary program, and sheriffs can choose to participate or not,” said ACLU NC spokesperson Susanna Birdsong to North State Journal. “Sheriffs not just in North Carolina, but in other parts of the country, made the decision recently to end or not to renew their participation with ICE in the form of the 287(g) agreements.”
Examples include newly-elected sheriffs Gerald Baker in Wake County and Gary McFadden in Mecklenburg County, who ran in part on ending participation with ICE detainers through 287(g). Durham County Sheriff Clarence Birkhead also ran on the issue and has recently reiterated his opposition to ICE activity in the state.
“The recent actions of ICE agents are making persons, in our community, afraid of law enforcement,” Birkhead said in a recent statement. “The decision I made to not honor ICE detainers was in part to help ALL of Durham’s people feel safe and encourage our residents to feel like they can trust my deputies, and law enforcement in general.”
In addition to Durham, Wake and Mecklenburg sheriffs are ending their 287(g) agreements with ICE, with Forsyth and Henderson counties following suit.
After raids in Charlotte and the Raleigh-Durham area, ICE press statements made clear the more visible arrests of over 200 people was a direct result of the counties’ decision to end cooperation with their efforts.
“The reality is now given that the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Department will no longer cooperate with ICE, ICE has no choice but to send its officers into the community, into neighborhoods, into workplaces to make those same arrests,” said ICE spokesman Brian Cox on an NPR radio program.
Supporters of breaking ties with ICE say the crackdown was more like retaliation.
“We absolutely think this was retaliatory against what local sheriffs have done in recent months to end their cooperation with ICE,” Birdsong of ACLU NC told NSJ. “You’re seeing a kind of flexing of their muscles in responding to that with these raids.”
Over 30 House Republicans have co-sponsored House Bill 370, including primary sponsors Hall, Brenden Jones (R-Columbus), Jason Saine (R-Lincoln), and Carson Smith (R-Pender). The N.C. House Speaker, Tim Moore (R-Cleveland), was one of the co-sponsors as well.
“If the law-abiding citizens of North Carolina are subject to enforcement of state and federal law, then illegal immigrants detained for committing crimes should be too,” Moore said in a press release.
The bill would require any county jail or detention center hold an immigrant charged with a crime if requested by ICE. If the person was reporting a crime, a witness to a crime, a victim of a crime or can show their legal status, this law would not be applied.
Private citizens can bring legal action against their county if they believe the law isn’t being properly enforced, and civil penalties can also be assessed. Administrators will be required to maintain a record of all requests for holds from ICE as well as how they were resolved.
H.B. 370 was sent to the House Judiciary Committee, and if passed, will be sent to the House Local and State Government Committee, and if passed will end in the House Rules Committee.