Immigration Enforcement

McDowell County North Carolina Sheriff’s Office teams with feds to deport illegal immigrants

Published: January 25, 2009

The McDowell County Sheriff’s Office is onboard with a federal program that pinpoints illegal immigrants and earmarks them for deportation.
The 287(g) Program, which takes its name from Section 287(g) of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1996, is designed to authorize state and local law enforcement officers to act as immigration agents.
Eight county agencies in North Carolina serve as “hubs” for all the other local departments across the state. Those eight have entered into Memorandums of Understanding with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers, and authorities with those agencies have received specialized federal ICE training that allows them to investigate whether or not an individual is an illegal alien and can be removed from the U.S.
The Henderson County Sheriff’s Office serves as the “hub” for McDowell and all of western North Carolina.
McDowell’s county jailers, as well as other Sheriff’s Office officials, have been trained in new technology developed to aid 287(g).
“We’ve been involved since I was sworn in (in May), but we’ve been moving in this direction for some time,” said McDowell County Sheriff Dudley Greene. “We’ve been getting everyone trained on the computer system, so it has taken a while.”
He added that the program doesn’t dictate that deputies go out looking for illegals, only to check foreign-born suspects when they’ve been arrested.



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