Senior national security and immigration service officials visited the capital of North Carolina to coordinate efforts with local officials to enforce federal immigration law.
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Chad Wolf and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director Matthew Albence traveled to Raleigh Monday, Nov. 25, to expose local law enforcement authorities who have refused to cooperate with federal immigration agencies.
The underlying problem lies in the so-called sanctuary policies. According to a Fox News report, under the argument of guarding the identity of foreigners residing illegally in the United States, local authorities that enforce those regulations prevent federal immigration agents from apprehending and deporting illegal aliens.
Since the early days of Trump’s presidency, his administration has struggled with the concept of a sanctuary city because they believe these cities are safe havens for criminals and organized crime gangs such as MS-13.
“Sanctuary city policies do not protect communities—they endanger them. They are an affront to the rule of law, our Constitution, and they go against every instinct we have as law enforcement professionals,” Wolf said after the event in Raleigh.
North Carolina is governed by Roy Cooper (D) and advocate of sanctuary politics.
In fact, the state Legislature, which has a Republican Party majority, passed a bill this year that required local authorities to cooperate with ICE. However, Cooper vetoed it in August, claiming the legislation was “simply about scoring partisan political points and using fear to divide North Carolina.”
According to Daily Caller, ICE revealed in September that during fiscal year 2019, local authorities in North Carolina ignored a total of 489 detainer requests. Some of the illegal aliens who were finally released were charged with murder, kidnapping, and sex crimes.
Detainers are requests made by ICE agents to local authorities that have an illegal alien in their custody. When an illegal alien is arrested for an unrelated crime, the agency will lodge a detainer request to the detention center holding the suspect, asking them to hold the individual for no longer than 48 hours in order to allow an ICE agent to reach the facility and detain the individual.
However, explains Daily Caller, several newly appointed Democratic sheriffs in North Carolina have announced their intention not to comply with ICE detainer requests.
The Daily Caller detailed two cases that occurred recently in the Democratic-governed state that exemplify this problem.
In late October, Buncombe County Sheriff Quentin Miller ignored an ICE detainer request for an illegal alien convicted of sexually abusing an 11-year-old child. Moreover, Miller did not notify the federal agency of the criminal’s release.
Weeks ago, ICE announced that Mecklenburg County Sheriff Garry McFadden ignored a detainer and allowed an illegal alien to be released into the community, despite the fact that the detainee was charged with death for a felony-related traffic accident.
Indeed, the visit of senior federal officials Wolf and Albence last Monday is part of a new effort by the Trump administration to allow ICE and Democratic sheriffs in the state to set aside the enforcement of so-called sanctuary policies to help improve safety in North Carolina.
Monday’s meeting was joined not only by state legislators, but also by members of Congress, pro-ICE sheriffs and other state politicians.
Lt. Gov. Dan Forest, who is running to replace Cooper from his post, welcomed cooperation with federal immigration authorities.
“Ensuring the safety of our citizens is plain common sense. These are heinous crimes we are talking about, not simple traffic violations,” he said on his Twitter account.
Also participating in the meeting were the Angel Families, a group of people whose relatives were killed by illegal aliens.
“I would like to thank the Angel Families for sharing their stories today. Sanctuary city policies have real consequences that cannot be ignored,” Wolf said on his Twitter account as he shared images of the encounter.