Oct 29 2019

Fox 46 Charlotte

Lawmakers and Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials re-ignited a feud with Mecklenburg County Sheriff Garry McFadden Friday over immigration detention policies.

“We’re here today because of what I consider to be reckless sanctuary policies that have been implemented by a handful of sheriffs in North Carolina,” said Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC).

Tillis along with Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Rep. Dan Bishop (R-Meklenburg) and Ted Budd (R-High Point) announced legislation aimed at stopping “sanctuary cities.” The Immigration Detainer Enforcement Act would give “explicit authority” to law enforcement agencies to honor ICE detainers. Detainers are voluntary requests to keep an undocumented immigrant already in custody locked up for up to 48 hours, after they are legally eligible for release – by posting bond or serving jail time - in order to be turned over to federal agents for deportation.

The bill would incentivize cooperation with ICE through federal grants and prevent agencies from being sued for wrongful detention for honoring ICE detainers.

“Please work with ICE so we can safely transfer them to an ICE facility an keep our community safer,” said Tillis.

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