Scott Stone Wants Sheriffs’ Federal Contracts to Require ICE Cooperation.
Three of North Carolina’s Seven Sanctuary Sheriffs Receive Over $35 Million Annually from Feds
Former Rep. Scott Stone sent a letter to the North Carolina congressional delegation and urged them to take action, to require sheriffs cooperate with ICE as a condition of keeping their federal Intergovernmental Agreements. Read Letter Here.
North Carolina has seven sheriffs who refuse to honor ICE detainers. Three of these sheriffs’ departments – Mecklenburg, Forsyth, and Wake – hold Intergovernmental Agreements (IGAs) to serve as federal detention facilities. These contracts are very lucrative and generate more than $35.3 million between the three counties. This is a county revenue stream that far exceeds the cost of housing federal inmates.
“North Carolina’s Sanctuary Sheriffs must cooperate with ICE to keep their $35 million federal contracts to serve as detention facilities,” Stone said. “It is hypocritical for these sheriffs to accept millions of dollars from one federal law enforcement agency but refusing to cooperate with another.”
The sheriffs in Cabarrus, Gaston, Henderson, and New Hanover counties have similar IGAs with the U.S. Marshals Office to serve as federal detention facilities, yet those sheriffs willingly cooperate with ICE, as required by their oaths of office.
While seven sheriffs claim they have no legal right to honor these detainers and refuse to cooperate with a federal law enforcement agency, the other 93 sheriffs in North Carolina do not appear to share this interpretation.