Immigration Enforcement

2008 North Carolina immigration law changes — Jailers required to check immigration status

By GARY D. ROBERTSON

Associated Press Writer

North Carolina political candidates must disclose their criminal pasts, and sheriff’s offices are required to check the immigration status of people jailed on felony charges under dozens of new laws that take effect on New Year’s Day.

The Legislature also agreed to order sheriffs and other jail administrators to determine whether someone charged with a felony or accused of driving while impaired is a legal U.S. resident. The jailer would ask the federal government for assistance if the person’s legal status can’t be determined.

When an illegal immigrant is charged with these kinds of crimes, “we want to do whatever we can to have them deported,” Sen. Julia Boseman, D-New Hanover, the primary sponsor of the bill, said Monday.

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January 7, 2008 - Posted by | north carolina, Uncategorized, united states | , , ,

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