States Should Follow NC Lead On Immigration Law Enforcement Proposal

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As sanctuary cities continue to proliferate, states must be proactive and innovative in their responses.  They must pass laws that actually promote public safety and keep dangerous criminal aliens off the streets. North Carolina is considering a bill that would do just that, and other states should take note.

House Bill (HB) 452, sponsored by Representative Cody Henson (R), would require the North Carolina Department of Public Safety (DPS) to participate in the federal 287(g) program, which delegates federal authority to state and local agencies to more actively cooperate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

This isn’t unprecedented. Three states’ correction facilities already participate in 287(g): ArizonaGeorgia, and (surprisingly enough) Massachusetts.  All three require their departments of corrections to cooperate with ICE on detainers and perform immigration enforcement functions inside those prisons.

But those agreements are in place by administrative action only—orders or directives from whatever secretary or commissioner is currently in charge of the department.  They aren’t permanent and can be terminated at any time.  That is why states need to pass laws requiring 287(g) for their state-level law enforcement and corrections agencies.

HB 452 is a roadmap for other states to follow.  It would […]


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