On October 29, 2015, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory signed into law, the bill known as the Protect North Carolina Workers Act, which among other things, banned cities and counties across the state from enacting so-called “sanctuary policies” to shield illegal aliens from deportation, after being apprehended for other crimes.
Though that law remains on the books today, there are several so-called ‘sanctuary sheriffs’ throughout North Carolina who have chosen to turn their counties into havens for criminal aliens.
Despite calling themselves law enforcement officials, these sheriffs refuse to cooperate with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials by ignoring detainer requests for illegal aliens booked into their jails, and simply release them back onto the streets…protecting criminal aliens from deportation.
Recently, the North Carolina General Assembly passed a measure (Senate Bill 101) known as the “Require Cooperation with ICE Act,” which sought to force these ‘sanctuary sheriffs’ to follow the law.
However, on July 11, 2022, Gov. Roy Cooper (D) vetoed the bill.
In a press release Gov. Cooper stated:
This law is only about scoring political points and using fear to divide North Carolinians. As the state’s former top law enforcement officer, I know that current law already allows the state to incarcerate and prosecute dangerous criminals regardless of immigration status. This bill is unconstitutional and weakens law enforcement in North Carolina by mandating that sheriffs do the job of federal agents, using local resources that could hurt their ability to protect their counties.
Of course, North Carolinians have reason to feel fear as crime at the hands of illegal aliens is surging under these sheriffs. For instance, a year ago, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg (NC) Police Department announced that child sexual assaults inside the city of Charlotte were up an astounding 93 percent, in cases where the victims are 15 years or younger.
Since taking office, Mecklenburg County Sheriff Garry McFadden has made it official policy, not to cooperate with U.S. immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), by not allowing MCSO deputies to inquire into any suspect’s immigration status, nor will the sheriff honor ICE detainers.
And, instead of simply releasing these criminal aliens back onto the streets, if reported to ICE, they could be picked up and deported, effectively removing any further threat to the community from these offenders.
Furthermore, all local and state law enforcement officials have an obligation to comply with federal law.
Unfortunately, it is only Gov. Cooper who is “scoring political points” and attempting to “divide North Carolinians,” as the Democrat is now considered a front runner for a spot on the party’s presidential ticket in the near future.
With his veto, Gov. Roy Cooper has turned his back once and for all on the law abiding citizens of North Carolina, and has decided to protect criminal aliens…even those who prey upon children.
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