CHARLOTTE – If you want a textbook example of non-cooperation, look no further. Mecklenburg County Sheriff Garry McFadden, who has been releasing illegal aliens charged with crimes, is going full incommunicado when it comes to the federal immigration authorities. According to officials at ICE, Sheriff McFadden is ignoring their calls and emails made in an effort to find a solution to removing often violent criminal illegal aliens from Mecklenburg County.
“[…] Mecklenburg County Sheriff Gary McFadden has not returned calls and emails from leaders with US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the agency said, despite repeated calls from McFadden for he and the agency to sit down together and find a solution to their ongoing problems.
[…] since taking office, McFadden has extended his non-cooperation to include refusing to honor ICE detainers and not notifying the agency when inmates who may be in the country illegally are being released from custody.
ICE issues a detainer–a request that an inmate be held and transferred to ICE custody, which, like the immigration process is non-judicial–when it becomes aware that someone thought to be in the country illegally is in local custody. […]”
Those illegal aliens in McFadden’s custody, whom he is releasing back into the community against the request of ICE, are often charged with crimes such as child rape. According to reports, the Sanctuary Sheriff had one call with federal authorities and then ignored all attempted follow ups. He says he, “can’t create something that no other sheriff’s office is doing,” and that he needed to check with the national and local sheriffs association.
Really? There are literally dozens of sheriffs across the Old North State that can provide a well established model for cooperating with ICE and removing violent criminal aliens from their counties. Catawba County Sheriff Don Brown seems to have it figured out when it comes to approaching this issue:
“Once they come into our facility, we are going to run the same queries to find out why they’re here or if they’re wanted by any other jurisdiction, whether it’s local, state or federal, and we’re going to honor them.”
Instead of this common sense approach, McFadden insists on making things difficult, and dangerous as a result. Nine people are currently in the Mecklenburg County jail on felony charges, many of them violent, including charges of murder and indecent liberties with a child. Maybe the phones are going unanswered because everyone’s busy freeing violent criminal aliens?
Read more about the obstinacy of the Mecklenburg County Sanctuary Sheriff here.