Rep. Stone sent a letter to the new Mecklenburg County Sheriff today, requesting that he reconsider ending the 287g program, which has served the citizens well for years.
Sheriff Garry McFadden ended the program on his first day in office. This important program provides important cooperation between Mecklenburg County and the federal government to enforce federal immigration law.
“Why would Sheriff McFadden choose to end a successful, long-running program which simply helps enforce existing law?” said Rep. Scott Stone of Mecklenburg County. “The 287g program helps our federal law enforcement officials do their jobs. In most cases, the immigrants subject to this program are in the Mecklenburg County jail because they committed crimes. It makes no sense why the sheriff would seek to protect these specific individuals from prosecution of federal crimes.”
The letter requests that the sheriff reconsider ending the program. A senior official with US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) sounded the alarm last week that ending the program raises a variety of challenges for the community. Ending the program “will inevitably result in additional collateral arrests instead of arrests at the jail where enforcement is safer for everyone involved,” said ICE Atlanta Field Office Director Sean Gallagher. Read more about ICE concerns