Immigration Enforcement

Henderson, North Carolina Deportation program up and running at Sheriff’s Office

By John Harbin
Times-News Staff Writer

Henderson County Sheriff’s Office deputies snared three illegal immigrant defendants Tuesday, the first day their new criminal deportation program went into effect.

The effort, known as the 287(g) program, began Tuesday with deportation proceedings against illegal immigrant criminal defendants.

Sheriff’s officers interviewed three individuals and determined they were in the country illegally. The defendants have now been entered into the program’s database and are awaiting deportation.

Nine Henderson County Sheriff’s deputies have completed training in immigration enforcement.

The program enables officers to determine the immigration status of defendants processed through county jails and to initiate removal proceedings for people found to be in the country illegally.

“We lobbied heavily to have a full time, federal Immigration Customs Enforcement agent stationed here in Henderson County,” Sheriff Rick Davis said Tuesday. “Agent Tim Klees, who is assigned to the Atlanta field office of ICE, began a temporary assignment to our county and will be here until federal officials decide who will draw Henderson County as a full time assignment.”

Davis added: “There have never been federal agents of any branch of the government dedicated solely to our county until now. We at last have a local point of contact for dealing with problematic situations. We’re ecstatic.”

The criminal deportation program started in full swing Tuesday.

“Within the first hour of actual 287(g) operations this morning, our ICE-trained deputies had already identified an individual arrested by the Police Department who was possibly illegal,” Davis said Tuesday afternoon. “This person arrested gave a false name to the officers. I’m very relieved to know we now fully screen everyone coming through our detention center and they will be held accountable for breaking the law.”

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