In line with Republican efforts around the nation to increase the ability of state and local police to apprehend and deport illegal immigrants, a bill was proposed in the North Carolina legislature that would mandate sheriffs’ cooperation with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Fox News informed.
If the prisoner is not a legal resident of the United States, the sheriff would be required to check with ICE before allowing them to enter their facilities.
The new bill also requires sheriffs to comply with ICE detainer requests, which ask that prisoners be transferred into ICE custody after being released from jail.
According to The Carolina Journal, the law was filed in response to several sheriffs who have refused to assist with immigration enforcement.
The growth of “sanctuary” jurisdictions, which refuse to work with ICE and expressly refuse to honor detainers, has made honoring detainers a significant immigration issue.
According to ICE, it files detainers on those who have been arrested on criminal charges and for whom it has reason to think they are subject to deportation in accordance with the Immigration and Nationality Act in order to take custody of them in a secure location.
However, proponents of “sanctuary” jurisdictions argue that such laws encourage illegal immigrants to cooperate with law enforcement on other concerns without fear of deportation and enable them to get the services they need without fear. Opponents claim it attracts more illegal immigration and permits the release of criminals who would otherwise be expelled from the nation.
In 2022, when Texas and Arizona started busing immigrants crossing the southern border into the country into sanctuary cities like New York City, Washington, D.C., and Chicago, the issue of sanctuary cities became a contentious political issue.
The Biden administration’s limited enforcement goals, which force the agency to concentrate on recent border, crosser, “aggravated felon,” and national security risks, have been the focus of a judicial dispute involving ICE.