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How About An ‘I Stand With ICE’ Rally In North Carolina?

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OK, we admit it – we stole this idea from a tweet by our friend Michelle Malkin – so we will credit her right up front and move on to the point.

The reason why Michelle and others have suggested North Carolinians put on an “I stand with ICE” rally is because WBTV’s Nick Ochsner has just posted a bombshell report that nearly 500 illegal aliens have been released from jails across the Old North State in the past ten months despite administrative detainers filed against them by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

WBTV reported on new data compiled by ICE outlining the figures. The data covers Fiscal Year 2019, which began in October 2018 and runs through next month.

According to the data, 489 detainers were declined by law enforcement.

A detainer is an administrative request from the federal government to a local law enforcement agency to hold someone in jail even after they are eligible for release on their state charge.

A detainer is often used by ICE to keep undocumented immigrants in jail because removal from the country is a civil action and not a criminal matter.

Mr. Ochsner reports the debate over whether local authorities should cooperate with ICE detainers has raged this year after Democrat Mecklenburg County Sheriff Garry McFadden announced he would no longer honor ICE detainers.

Democrat McFadden campaigned on a pledge to not participate in the 287(g) program, a federal program where local law enforcement agencies are given authority to enforce some immigration laws.

McFadden ended his office’s participation in the 287(g) program soon after taking office in December 2018 and also announced he would no longer honor ICE detainers, which are separate from the 287(g) program.

Last month, Democrat McFadden came under fire after ICE arrested a Honduran fugitive who had been released from the Mecklenburg County Jail after being arrested on rape and child sex offense charges.

Oscar Pacheco-Leonardo, 33, a Honduran national, was arrested during a targeted enforcement operation in Mecklenburg County on August 9.

ICE officials said the arrest came nearly two months after the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office refused to honor an ICE detainer, or even notify ICE of the release and, instead, released Pacheco-Leonardo following his arrest on charges including first-degree rape and indecent liberties with a minor.

At the time, according to Mr. Ochsner’s reporting, McFadden defended the release of Pacheco-Leonardo.

“Upon fulfilling his court ordered terms and conditions of release, including the payment of a $100,000 bond, Pacheco-Leonardo was released from Detention Center Central on June 16th as required by law. Setting bond amounts and conditions of release are the responsibility of Mecklenburg County, Judges and Magistrates,” McFadden said.

ICE officials said Pacheco-Leonardo was previously removed from the U.S. to Honduras in July 2006.

According Mr. Ochsner’s reporting, the new ICE data obtained by WBTV shows the nearly 500 illegal aliens who have been released by Democrat sheriffs in North Carolina in FY19, despite a federal detainer, include people charged with sex offenses, kidnapping, arson and homicide.

A senior DHS official, who requested they not be named to speak candidly with Mr. Ochsner about Democrat McFadden’s refusal to honor ICE detainers, pointed to new policies implemented by McFadden and four other Democrat sheriffs elected across the state in 2018 who campaigned on pledges to end cooperation with ICE.

"The level of criminal aliens intentionally released into Mecklenburg and the surrounding counties is alarming, but even worse is that the true extent of this dangerous trend may never be fully realized,” the senior official said.

The official pointed out to Mr. Ochsner that the statistics only include cases in which illegal aliens are entered into the national criminal database and ICE becomes aware of them being in custody and can issue a detainer.

“If an illegal alien is arrested for a crime and is then released by local law enforcement without ever alerting ICE officials, a lifted detainer will never be registered in our systems and the alien may only come to our attention once it's too late,” the official Mr. Ochsner.

“The reality is that when they obstruct federal law enforcement's mission of upholding our nation's laws and keeping American's safe, the people who lose most are those they’re supposed to put first," the official continued.

We agree, and we urge the good, law-abiding people of North Carolina to come together in a rally to demand that North Carolina sheriffs follow and enforce the laws of their state and national government.

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