North Carolina lets more than 500 criminals walk out of jail because of “sanctuary status”


They were locked up for breaking the law. But because feelings apparently trump safety, convicted criminals are being released back into the community.  


In a nod to putting American citizens in greater danger in the name of political correctness, the state of North Carolina has released more than 500 criminals that are in the country illegally because of their so-called “sanctuary status”, according to federal immigration officials.

Newly released data by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency reveals the degree to which sanctuary cities and counties in North Carolina are protecting criminal aliens from arrest and deportation.

“Across North Carolina, local authorities refused to honor more than 500 detainers for foreign nationals during Fiscal Year 2019,” ICE officials wrotein a statement. “All of these detainer refusals are of persons criminally arrested by a law enforcement agency for a criminal offense beyond their violation of federal immigration law.”

ICE arrests felon for threatening to shoot them.  He’s already been deported four times.


Close to 80 percent of criminal undocumented immigrants freed back into American communities by sanctuary jurisdictions go on to commit more crimes, an ICE official confirmed in congressional testimony.

“When aliens walk out the front of the jail that could have been handed over to [ICE] for removal proceedings, they have the opportunity to commit additional crimes,” ICE official Timothy Robbins said. “What we’ve seen, and depending on the report you look at, anywhere from 40 to 80 percent of those who have committed crimes will re-offend.”

In a recent case, officials in Buncombe County, North Carolina released a child molester from prison instead of handing him over to ICE for deportation.

North Carolina suffers from a disproportionately high rate of sex crimes committed by illegal aliens.

Research by North Carolinians For Immigration Reform and Enforcement (NCFIRE) stated that in the last one and a half years, more than 330 immigrants, not in the country legally have been charged with nearly 1,200 child sex crimes in North Carolina.

We knew this was coming. Back in August, we detailed what was happening in the Tarheel state.

Democratic Governor Roy Cooper of North Carolina has picked which side of the national argument he stands on regarding cooperation with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)- and it’s not on the side of law enforcement or law-abiding citizens.


In August, Cooper vetoed a bill (House Bill-HB 370) that would require state and local law enforcement to cooperate with immigration and customs enforcement.

This bill had originally passed the North Carolina House of Representatives along party lines – and previously through the Senate back in June of this year.  Cooper wasted no time to veto the legislation, less than 24 hours after its passage.

According to Cooper justified his veto releasing the following statement:

“This legislation is simply about scoring partisan political points and using fear to divide North Carolina, as the former top law enforcement officer of our state, I know that current law allows the state to jail and prosecute dangerous criminals regardless of immigration status. This bill, in addition to being unconstitutional, weakens law enforcement in North Carolina by mandating sheriffs to do the job of federal agents, using local resources that could hurt their ability to protect their counties.”

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North Carolina lets more than 500 criminals walk out of jail because of "sanctuary status"


Cooper went on to further argue against the legislation stating that there was a portion of the bill that required the Sheriff to cooperate with ICE, and failure to do so could result in the removal of the sheriff from their elected position.l

According to CNN, the legislation: “would have required authorities to determine whether prisoners are legal US residents, and if they were unable to do so, to inquire about their residency status with Immigration and Customs Enforcement or the Department of Homeland Security and flag to the agencies if someone was in the country illegally.

Authorities also would have been required to allow ICE or DHS officials to interview prisoners upon request and detain prisoners if asked to do so by federal authorities until they could be transferred.”

Several news outlets have attributed the legislation as political posturing and also part of an agenda that is being forced onto states by the Trump administration. However, Republicans in North Carolina have come out in strong support for the legislations, stating that it is a way to protect the law-abiding citizens on the state.

As reported by the Raleigh News & Observer, North Carolina Republican State Senator Chuck Edwards responded to the Democratic Governor’s veto, stating:

“Law-enforcement officers have a sworn responsibility to protect their citizens — and that includes cooperating with federal authorities. Unlike Governor Cooper, who prefers to pander to his far-left supporters, we will protect North Carolinians and plan to override his irresponsible veto.”

Sources say that the Republicans created this legislation in direct response to the election, in the past year, of several new sheriffs in largely liberal counties. 

It is reported those newly elected sheriffs ran their campaigns based on the promise of not continuing the cooperative relationship with ICE and detaining those not in America legally who have been arrested for committing crimes. 

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One sheriff in particular, Garry McFadden of Mecklenburg County North Carolina, has been in the national spotlight for his part in releasing two people from Honduras without holding them under the ICE detainer.  One of the men who were released, Oscar Pacheco-Leonardo, is reportedly a fugitive from justice in Honduras and had been arrested on charges of child rape in the United States.

 As Law Enforcement Today reported early in the week, McFadden stands by his campaign promise to not cooperate with ICE, nor does he have any intention of changing his mind.

While McFadden applauds the governor’s decision to veto the bill, the North Carolina Sheriffs’ Association has a different view.  The association has supported the legislation through the house and senate, and released a brief statement Wednesday saying they “regret” the governor’s actions.

Multiple news outlets have reported that North Carolina is just one in a growing number of states whose governors or lead law enforcement officers have ended their cooperation with Immigration and Customs Enforcement.


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