Oct 29 2019


In a continuation of his fight against Mecklenburg Sheriff Garry McFadden, North Carolina Republican Sen. Thom Tillis today announced new legislation that he said would make it easier for local enforcement to honor detainer requests from the federal government.

Tillis and Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley spoke in Charlotte about the “The Immigration Detainer Enforcement Act.”

…Tillis said his legislation would protect the Mecklenburg sheriff’s office – and local enforcement nationwide.

It would give “explicit authority” to hold people who are in the country illegally for up to 48 hours, if the federal government asks them to. And it would indemnify local law enforcement from wrongful detention claims for keeping undocumented people in jail.

Tillis was asked whether it’s fair to keep someone in jail – if they have met the requirements a judge has set for their release.

"Is it fair to hold an alleged murderer, heroin trafficker, someone who has been accused of taking indecent liberties with a child for a 48-hour period who’s illegally in the country and is a deportable illegal alien?" Tillis answered. "Yeah, I think that’s fair."

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