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Suspected Cases Of Swine Flu Found In North Carolina

Raleigh, NC — State health officials say there are suspected cases of swine flu in North Carolina, but investigators declined to say how many cases or where they were located. Dr. Jeffrey Engel, the state health director, said Monday evening that officials are involuntarily isolating patients who may have the virus. But he said the handful of cases are sporadic and in different parts of the state.

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April 27, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

Alamance: 287g Battleground. Burlington, NC

From www.doublebarreledopinions.com :

There was a famous battle here in 1771 that help define the model for the colonists fighting the British in the American Revolutionary War. Just outside of Burlington, NC you can visit Alamance Battleground where the skirmish took place.

These days, we’re fighting another battle in Alamance County, illegal immigration. Starting in 2007, our Sheriff Department started participating in the 287(g) program. The 287(g) program allows the Department of Homeland Security to train and deputize local lawman and jailers as Federal Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agents (ICE).

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Sheriff Terry Johnson is doing a fine, outstanding job enforcing our laws and deserves a big Double Barreled Salute!

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One of our county commissioners, Ann Vaughan, tried to get a resolution calling for the Government Accountability Office, or another government office, to investigate the Sheriff and how his department is enforcing the 287(g) program. This occurred two meetings ago, and she was blocked from doing so because she had not put it on the agenda. At the last meeting (4/20/09) Commissioner Tim Sutton brought forth a resolution to support Sheriff Terry Johnson’s 287(g) illegal immigration enforcement program. The vote was 4 to 1 in favor with Ann Vaughan voting against the resolution.

Double Barreled Salutes to: Tim Sutton, Dan Ingle, Linda Massey, and Eddie Boswell for voting for this resolution supporting the Sheriff and what he’s doing. Thank you!

Unfortunately Terry Johnson and the 287(g) program are under attack by:

Here in the real world, I have yet to talk with anyone who understands why these people are against the 287(g) program, Sheriff Terry Johnson, or why anyone would support allowing illegal immigrants to take over our country.

The ACLU has put a drain on the Sheriff’s Department demanding paperwork for traffic stops, traffic checkpoints, etc. I would prefer that our tax dollars go towards enforcing our laws rather than mounds of paperwork.

Professor Roselle has conducted a study or studies of traffic stop data trying to prove that the Sheriff’s Department racially profiles Hispanics and is over aggressive in enforcing the 287(g) program.

The Times-News, as I’ve said here before in previous posts, is completely biased towards illegal immigration and open in their distain for our Sheriff. I have yet to read an article in The Times-News that does not try to make the Sheriff or the Sheriff’s department look bad. The Times-News star pro-Hispanic and pro-illegal immigration reporter, Karen Rivas is a very talented writer and really pulls the emotional heart strings when reporting these stories.

Here’s a typical Karen Rivas tactic. This is from an Times-News article that ran on Sunday, April 19th, 2009 about a “panel” held at Elon University to “discuss” the 287(g) program. Rivas’ article mentions that the “panel” consisted of four people but does not name them. She says Sheriff Terry Johnson was invited as was ICE but they both declined to attend. I don’t blame them – no reason to give any legitimacy to the event. From what I’ve read about the panel, it was basically a 287(g) and Sheriff Terry Johnson bashing session. Rivas interviewed two Hispanic people who attended the even and who did not what their last names used because they’re here illegally. She quotes one of them in her article several times, but this one quote summarizes the whole problem: “He added that people need to see that though many immigrants are here illegally, they are not criminals but simply people who are looking for a better life for their families“.

The fact is, if you’re here illegally, you ARE a criminal.

In another part of her article, Rivas quotes Professor Hannah Gill of UNC as saying “Many immigrants live in a mixed household where one parent may be a legal resident but the other isn’t, where one sibling is foreign-born while the others were born in the United States… At the light of this reality, when a person is deported, an entire family system is affected. By implementing program like 287(g), she said, officials are alienating those who they want to integrate“.

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April 23, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Immigration inquiries at N.C. jails removes criminal illegal aliens

More than 2,000 people arrested for violating state laws in the past year were flagged for deportation once they went to jail.

Jailers started checking inmates’ immigration status after a state law took effect last year requiring them to check identities of foreign-born people charged with felonies or driving while impaired.

In addition to the 2,099 destined to be deported last year, another 2,733 illegal immigrant inmates were identified through a partnership with Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials, according to the N.C. Sheriffs’ Association.

From October 2007 to the end of 2008, 7,000 people in the Atlanta region faced removal proceedings because they were found to be here illegally through local jail and prison checks, according to ICE. The Atlanta region is made up of North and South Carolina and Georgia.

Overall, the number of identity queries run by jails nearly tripled between 2007 and 2008 to 16,996.

State jails ran nearly 17,000 queries, but immigration officials only interviewed a total of 6,884 of those inmates, the sheriffs’ association reported.

The inmate immigration checks became a requirement after a law sponsored by state Sen. Julia Boseman, D-New Hanover took effect last year. She had sponsored the legislation in response to voters’ demands for a crackdown on unlawful immigration after the federal government failed to reform the law.

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January 30, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

ALIPAC Discussing Chatham County North Carolina Illegal Alien Sanctuary Laws

ALIPAC’s President, William Gheen is going into Chatham County on Tuesday night for an important meeting.

We need as many of you as possible to join us to learn more and show your support.

As you may have heard, Chatham County’s Commission has voted to prohibit their law enforcement agencies from working closely with Immigration and Customs to deport illegal aliens arrested for other crimes.

This will make Chatham County our state’s lone “Sanctuary County” and at a time when we have made a lot of progress getting many other counties into the 287(g) program.

The 287(g) program saves lives and the decision in Chatham will cost lives, if we do not act swiftly.

Concerned citizens are gathering on the ground in Chatham County and they need our attendance and support. Here are the event details, please spread the word and join us if at all possible.

Time/Date: Tuesday, January 27, 7pm EST.

Location:
Virlie’s Grill – Pittsboro, NC 27312
58 Hillsboro St
MAP LINK
http://tinyurl.com/anwywm

Host Organization: The Chatham Conservative Voice
http://www.tccv.org/

All concerned citizens and elected officials should join us.

Guest Speaker: William Gheen, President of the national organization ALIPAC (Americans for Legal Immigration Political Action Committee)
www.alipac.us

Topics: How to reverse Chatham County’s refusal to work with federal immigration agencies and save lives by implementing the 287(g) program like most other counties in NC are doing.

Article
N.C.: Chatham County not involved with ICE program
http://www.alipac.us/article-3922-thread-1-0.html

Press Release
NC Sanctuary County Policy In Chatham Challenged by ALIPAC
http://www.alipac.us/ftopicp-838718.html#838718

January 26, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

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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January 26, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

Guilford North Carolina to join 287(g) criminal deportation program

Thursday, January 15

( updated 3:29 pm)

GREENSBORO – Illegal immigrants arrested on criminal charges in Guilford County could be deported when the sheriff’s office begins a version of the 287(g) immigration program in the spring, Sheriff BJ Barnes said.

The program, which is a cooperative partnership with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, is designed to allow a local law enforcement officer to check a suspect’s citizenship and detain them for deportation.

“That officer will have the authority of an ICE agent and access to their database, which was what we were looking for,” said Barnes, who first applied for the 287(g) program in April 2007. A federal grant would pay for the program in Guilford.

Full-blown versions of the controversial 287(g) program, which are operating in Alamance, Wake, Mecklenburg and Gaston counties, allows those counties to hold illegal immigrants until they are handed over to ICE officials.

Barnes said Guilford County will have a “hybrid” 287(g) program, not a full-blown program that keeps illegals in jail for an extended period.

“It’s an offshoot to where we have access to 287 information,” Barnes said. “So say, if we arrest someone for breaking into a house, we can see if they are here legally or illegally.”

Under the program to begin in April, Barnes said suspects found to be illegal immigrants would not be released on bond but would be held locally until their criminal charge is resolved in court.

Once that happens, the suspects would then be handed over to ICE officials for the deportation process.

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January 16, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Make E-Verify work

Tuesday, September 2

(updated 3:01 am)

Last week’s raid of a manufacturing plant in Mississippi put the spotlight back on illegal immigration. Netting almost 600, it’s the biggest immigration raid ever made on a U.S. plant.

The raid also put the spotlight on problems associated with E-Verify, a federal program that provides employers a link to government databases to determine workers’ legal status.

The company, Howard Industries Inc., was using E-Verify and other methods to check immigration status, yet it still employed hundreds illegally.

Much of the anomaly could stem from employees hired before the company began using E-Verify. It was reported that enforcers began investigating two years before Howard began checking workers’ status that way.

With such a large number detained, you have to wonder if someone at Howard didn’t mind hiring undocumented workers. Still, Howard’s employment problems likely also resulted from a glaring weakness of E-Verify: It has a hard time detecting identity theft.

If an illegal immigrant has stolen someone’s identity and is using both that person’s name and Social Security number, E-Verify often can’t determine that.

E-Verify is set to expire on Nov. 1, unless Congress reauthorizes it. Democratic Rep. Health Shuler, of western North Carolina, has proposed legislation that not only would continue E-Verify but expand it. Called the SAVE Act, it would phase in mandatory use of E-Verify by all employers.

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September 2, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

287(g) is showing great success in Alamance, North Carolina

Illegal Immigrants who break the law are fearful of deportation.

Though recent estimates suggest that the Hispanic population in the United States continues to rise, new immigration enforcement measures have many in Alamance County looking for a new home.

According to U.S. Census estimates released earlier this month, there were 15,823 Hispanics living in the county in 2007, 612 more than in 2006. Statewide, the Hispanic population went from 593,896 in 2006 to 638,444 in 2007.

However, in Alamance County, and one and a half years since the 287(g) program gave local deputies the authority to enforce immigration laws, many Hispanics who don’t have the proper documentation to be in the country legally are leaving.

Commissioner Sutton states it best.

In Alamance County, the sheriff’s department’s ICE unit has placed a total of 768 illegal aliens in removal proceedings from Feb. 19, 2007, when the 287(g) program was started, until Aug. 28.

From Oct. 1, 2007 to Aug. 4, the ICE field office in Atlanta, which oversees operations in Georgia, South and North Carolina, has deported 13,986 people. During the last fiscal year, which ended Sept. 30, 10,971 people were deported. The prior year, less than half, or 5,183 people, were deported through that field office.

ALAMANCE COUNTY Commissioner Tim Sutton, a staunch supporter of the 287(g) program and opponent of illegal immigration, sees the deterrent effect the implementation of the program is having as a bonus.

“I honestly believe that when we signed the agreement … I don’t think we realized the magnitude of what was going on, especially in the driving offenses,” he said.

But, he said, “If every illegal alien in our county leaves as a result of tough enforcement, I have no problem with that.” He added, “If they are leaving because they are scared of being here illegally, so be it. I don’t have a single reservation about what we are doing.”

He said it’s “ludicrous” for people to think that police should not arrest drivers who don’t have an identification, proper license or car insurance. “What do you expect us to do? … Write a ticket and expect them to go to court?”

He continued, “A statistic that we don’t know and can’t put our hands on is the statistic of what (wrongdoings) we’ve prevented” with these arrests.

Sutton also said the argument that certain sections of the economy, such as the housing market, would collapse or suffer because of the exodus is not valid. He said the rental market cannot be financed by illegal immigration.

If anything, he said, now that the demand for homes is decreasing, “Maybe citizens in our community can rent them at a more reasonable price.”

Sutton said that as long as the federal government allows the program to continue and the county has a sheriff and a board of commissioners that supports it, “We are going to keep doing it.”

“I don’t want us to get soft on this at all,” he said, and added, “We did not put these people in this predicament. They did.”

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September 1, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Rowan County, North Carolina 287(g) working well

By Mark Wineka

mwineka@salisburypost.com

Rowan County Sheriff George Wilhelm says his officers contact U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement routinely to determine whether people arrested and placed in his jail are illegal immigrants.

With ICE’s cooperation, Wilhelm says, he thinks things “are actually getting better.”

When the Sheriff’s Office makes an arrest, information on every suspect is run through FBI and SBI computers. For foreign-born individuals, the sheriff’s office also runs an inquiry through the ICE office in Charlotte and supplies the furnished names, aliases, Social Security and driver’s license numbers for the people arrested.

Contacting the ICE office requires an extra step, and sometimes the Rowan officers have to wait until the next work day, or until Monday if an arrest occurs on a weekend.

ICE will put a hold or “detainer” on the suspect if it determines he or she might be here illegally.

Wilhelm says his office is “generally not losing people who should be detained.”

Sgt. Karen Brindle at the Rowan County Detention Center said as of last Thursday the local jail had 13 suspected illegal aliens in custody, and ICE had placed detainers on 12 of the 13.

From the beginning of the year, Brindle said, the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office had run about 200 inquiries with ICE. She said the number can be “somewhat misleading” because it reflects duplicates.

But of those 200, 30 of the foreign-born prisoners were “confirmed legal citizens,” Brindle reported, while ICE placed detainers on 52 of the people in custody.

Those inmates with detainers are eventually picked up by ICE officers or, if they receive an active sentence, are shipped to the Department of Corrections with the detainer attached to their paperwork, Brindle said.

ICE officers pick them up at the completion of their time in prison and start processing them for deportation.

Wilhelm says he is pleased with a pilot program that has been set up between the N.C. Sheriff’s Association and ICE — a partnership that U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Dole, R-N.C., has been pushing over the last year.

Dole says the statewide plan to identify, apprehend and deport criminal aliens is working.

Brian Nick, Dole’s chief of staff, has told the Post that while North Carolina was deporting 26 illegal criminal aliens a month a few years ago, the number has grown to more than 500 a month now.

Dole says that every county choosing to participate in the statewide pilot program will be given the tools necessary to work with ICE officials to identify and deport illegal aliens who commit a crime.

For Rowan County, Wilhelm is hoping it means his office will have a direct link to the ICE data base by the end of this year. That way, his officers could run fingerprints through ICE, in addition to the normal checks with the FBI and SBI data bases.

It would eliminate the overnight or weekend delays in checking with ICE during which an illegal alien suspect could possibly make bond and leave the county’s custody, Wilhelm said.

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August 28, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Wake County, North Carolina 287(g) program resounding success

RALEIGH, N.C. –

In the last month, Wake County detention officers have interviewed hundreds of inmates and started deportation proceedings as part of a program called 287 (g).

Some call it controversial because many advocacy groups say it can be used to unfairly target Latinos.

Thirteen detention officers have been trained for the program and have limited immigration powers.

Sheriff Donnie Harrison said that his biggest frustration is that dozens, if not hundreds, of the inmates booked into his jail have fake identities.

Joining the 287 (g) program is a way Harrison can figure out exactly who is being booked into the Wake County Jail.

“If there is a discrepancy on your date of birth, or you’re being vague with us, or you just won’t answer us, and you can’t speak very good English, you’ll probably go up to 287(g),” Sheriff Harrison said.

He invited a group of reporters to the jail in an effort to deal with the controversy by shining some light on what his detention officers do.

During the tour, three men were being processed by the specially trained detention officers.

Their task is to figure out who the inmate is through fingerprints or record checks, and to decide if the person is illegally in the country.

“If they find something says you are here legal, whether it’s a workers pass or whatever it may be, then you’ll be sent right back down,” Sheriff Harrison said.

Since the program was started four weeks ago:

* 321 inmates have been brought before the 287-g team of detention officers.

* 301 people have been ordered to be held for possible deportation.

According to Sheriff Harrison all of them were charged with serious felonies including five suspected murderers.

Immigration agents insisted that this program is not aimed at deporting law abiding residents who may be undocumented.

“The 287 (g) program will not only benefit the county, but it does in fact benefit the public itself by removing and taking away illegal immigrants that have criminal convictions,” Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agent David Rivera said.

Critics of the program have said it could encourage local police officers to unfairly target the Latino population.

But Sheriff Harrison says, based on the records they keep, he’ll be able to monitor if police officers engage in racial or ethnic profiling.

“We’re going to call that supervisor of that officer, it that happens, and say you might want to see what officer ‘John Doe’ is doing because the people he’s bringing to our jail is 95 percent one race or the other, I will do that,” Sheriff Harrison said.

http://wake.mync.com/site/wake/news/story/7543

August 21, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | 1 Comment