Gov. Cooper’s Absurd Veto Puts Our Citizens At Risk
Gov. Roy Cooper put public safety at risk and stood with violent criminals when he vetoed House Bill 370. The bill to “Require Cooperation with ICE Detainers” is common sense legislation that would require sheriffs to cooperate with federal law enforcement agents and carryout their sworn duties of assisting in enforcing federal law.
“Gov. Cooper’s Veto Message is absurd,” said former NC Rep. Scott Stone (R-Mecklenburg). “His rationale for vetoing HB 370 is dishonest and puts North Carolinians at risk.”
“This governor regularly offers weak and poorly articulated reasoning for his vetoes, but this is by far the most ludicrous to date and is filled with false statements.”
In his Veto Message, Gov. Cooper stated:
“As the former top law enforcement officer of our state, I know that current law allows the state to jail and prosecute dangerous criminals regardless of immigration status. This bill, in addition to being unconstitutional, weakens law enforcement in North Carolina by mandating sheriffs to do the job of federal agents, using local resources that could hurt their ability to protect their counties.“
Of course the current law allows the state to jail and prosecute criminals. But unfortunately this legislation was necessary because we have sheriffs refusing to cooperate with federal agents by detaining illegal immigrants who are already in jail for committing a second crime – often a violent crime. The governor alleges that local law enforcement resources are diverted by assisting ICE, but what he neglects to mention is that once a prisoner is being held for federal agents in a local jail, that local department receives federal funds for each day the prisoner is in custody. Furthermore, it is outrageous to argue that this legislation would hurt the ability of local sheriffs and police to protect their counties. The fact is that by releasing violent criminals back into the community, instead of cooperating with federal agents, violent criminals are continuing to commit crimes and put the community at risk.
In May an illegal immigrant arrested for assaulting a female was released without honoring a federal detainer and he quickly was back to creating havoc which led to a 9 hour standoff with CMPD. READ HERE
ICE recently released a long list of examples of violent criminals, the most recent a man arrested on first degree rape and taking indecent liberties with a minor. READ LIST HERE.