The N&O is reporting that House budget writers are proposing “$1 million to help sheriffs enforce federal immigration law.”
In short, the House seems set to refund the 287(g) program. Last year’s budget, allocated $750,000 in nonrecurring funds for the program, which is now in place in several counties throughout North Carolina, with the ongoing assistance and support of the N.C. Sheriffs’ Association.
Contrary to charges made by the ACLU, the 287(g) program in North Carolina is a detention model, not a field model. This essentially means that local law enforcement are not actively investigating immigration violations, but only cooperating with ICE when they discover such violations while investigating other crimes. Insofar as sheriffs take an oath to uphold the Constitution of the United States, local law enforcement have both a right and a duty to take such immigration violations seriously. House budget writers should be applauded for recognizing this fact.