Oct 31 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) released a new video to highlight his fight to stop sanctuary cities.

Yesterday, Senator Tillis introduced the Immigration Detainer Enforcement Act, legislation that would clarify the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) detainer authority, clearly establish the authority of states and localities to maintain custody in cases in which a detainer has been issued, and incentivize cooperation between law enforcement agencies and DHS through the reimbursement of certain detention, technology, and litigation-related costs. 

Yesterday, the Buncombe County Sheriff's office released an individual from jail despite a detainer request from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to transfer his custody prior to his release. The inmate was charged with multiple counts of statutory sex offense with a child. 


The video also highlights the Justice for Victims of Sanctuary Cities Act, legislation introduced by Senator Tillis and Representative Budd that holds sanctuary jurisdictions accountable for failing to comply with lawful detainer and release notification requests made by federal authorities.

Last month, WBTV reported data detailing that nearly 500 illegal immigrants were released from North Carolina jails over the last 10 months after being charged with crimes like sex offenses, kidnapping, arson and homicide. The illegal immigrants were released from jail after local sheriffs refused to comply with detainer requests made by ICE.