RALEIGH – The leaders of federal immigration enforcement agencies visited North Carolina Monday and called out the handful of Sanctuary Sheriffs in our state that refuse to cooperate in detaining illegal aliens charged with serious crimes, and instead free said individuals back into their communities.
Acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf and acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Matt Albence visited Raleigh for a meeting with Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest, other state and local officials, and lawmakers hearing from individuals with family members killed by illegal immigrants.
During a round table discussion Wolf emphasized the importance of cooperation in attaining public safety and chastised the sheriffs that are decidedly non-cooperative.
“It is the responsibility of our local, state and federal leaders to take action to protect our community. Unfortunately, what we’ve seen is the opposite from certain elected officials and jurisdictions around the country, and right here in North Carolina.” – DHS Acting Secretary Chad Wolf
Not a single Democrat showed up with an interest in basic law and order in the interest of community safety and sovereignty. Instead, the Left smears as jingoistic those so audacious as to oppose releasing an illegal alien that just killed someone back into the community to slither away. That’s not a hypothetical; Outer Banks resident Chris Storie told the group of a 2011 crash that injured her and killed her brother. The suspect was an illegal alien. He was released from jail on bond, slithered away, and remains a fugitive to this day, she said.
From the Washington Post:
“[…] Data from ICE show local authorities had refused to honor over 560 detainers in the state for the 12 months ending Sept. 30. Wolf mentioned a case involving a detainer case in Durham County involving a man now charged with murder.
ICE has even created a web site highlighting “non-cooperative jurisdictions” and mug shots of criminal defendants who “may be released into your community” because certain sheriffs routinely fail to honor detainers.
Wolf said that if people sought on ICE detainers can’t be held in safe environments such as jails, then ICE agents must go arrest the defendants in communities. Several county sheriffs who comply with detainers say their commitment is based on protecting public safety.
“We go after the people that broke the law and (are) constantly breaking the law,” Davidson County Sheriff Richie Simmons said. “These are bad people that we stop and we hold them and I’m not going to put them back on the streets.””
If only there were a way to ensure every local law enforcement entity utilized every resource at its disposal to cooperate in removing violent criminal illegal aliens from their communities, as most of them do. Oh wait; the General Assembly DID pass a law that would require such active cooperation with federal immigration authorities, specifically honoring detention requests. But Governor Roy Cooper vetoed it, complete with the obligatory talking points, and Democrats in the General Assembly are sticking with him and the larger Democratic narrative (over their constituents).
This should hardly be a partisan issue. The account of Sheriff Simmons makes the case plain and simple; how long will Democrats persist in defending the indefensible?