US officials with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency arrested 200 illegal immigrants throughout North Carolina this week; calling the vast operation the “new normal” as local authorities fail to cooperate with federal agents.
“Since December, newly elected sheriffs in the state’s two most populous counties — Mecklenburg and Wake — have reversed a policy that allows ICE to detain immigrants in county jails. Durham County Sheriff’s Office also ended the practice of honoring ICE detainers,” reports the Charlotte Observer.
After North Carolina’s largest counties cut ties with federal immigration officers, ICE said it’s been forced to step up enforcement. https://t.co/ThcQ0F3XGC
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“This is the direct conclusion of dangerous policies of not cooperating with (Immigration and Customs Enforcement),” said Sean Gallagher, who supervises ICE operations in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia.
“This is politics over public safety at its worst,” he added.
Read the full report at the Charlotte Observer.