Calling it ‘the new normal,’ feds arrest 200 undocumented immigrants in NC this week

Calling it ‘the new normal,’ feds arrest 200 undocumented immigrants in NC this week

BY TEO ARMUS

FEBRUARY 08, 2019 01:12 PM,

UPDATED 8 HOURS 36 MINUTES AGOPlay VideoDuration 2:45ICE attributes increased arrests to sheriff, other jurisdictions not cooperatingSean Gallagher, Atlanta Field Office Director for U.S. ICE, talks about the increased arrests his office is making and attributed it to Mecklenburg County Sheriff Garry McFadden’s cancellation of the 287g program at the jai. By David T. Foster III

After North Carolina’s largest counties cut ties with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the agency said it’s been forced to adopt a “new normal”: one that resulted in the arrest of hundreds of immigrants living here illegally this week.

“This is the direct conclusion of dangerous policies of not cooperating with ICE,” said Sean Gallagher, who oversees the agency’s operation in the Carolinas and Georgia. “This forces my officers to go out onto the street to conduct more enforcement.”

Since December, newly elected sheriffs in the state’s two most populous counties — Mecklenburg and Wake — have reversed a policy that notifies ICE about the legal status of inmates in county jails. The Durham County Sheriff’s Office also ende


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