Various N.C. news outlets are reporting today that in the wake of Eve Carson’s murder, the North Carolina Department of Correction has asked the National Institute of Corrections (an agency within the U.S. Department of Justice) to “review training and practices of probation offices in the state’s urban areas.” Apparently, similar reviews have been done in the past.
Now, if it is appropriate for the DOJ to review the training and practices of probation officers, why is it not appropriate — as some have suggested — for local law enforcement officers to be trained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials, as is currently being done via the 287g program in Mecklenburg, Alamance and Gaston?
Going one step further, permit me to pose a tough question: If Eve Carson had been murdered by an illegal alien — instead of two young black men out on probation — would the state be inviting ICE to review North Carolina’s immigration enforcement policies — or lack thereof?
I would bet not. Yet, just this past weekend we saw a 7-year-old black boy, Marcus Lassiter, killed by drunk driver Pollo Hernandez Rodriquez — likely an illegal immigrant.
Will Marcus merely join the rolls of an ever-growing list of victims — Scott Gardener, Lewis Fetterman, Hester Coleman — or will his death be the tipping point that prompts real reform, as apparently Eve Carson’s death has?