Lawmakers are currently considering HB 370, a bill that would force North Carolina sheriffs to act as an extension of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Sheriffs would be forced to honor ICE detainers, a request that asks a local sheriff to hold a person for up to 48 hours so that ICE can determine whether to arrest the individual. Because these detainers are not tied to criminal cases, they aim to require local sheriffs to hold individuals without probable cause, in violation of their constitutional rights.
Though this would typically be a voluntary request of the sheriffs, H.B. 370 would turn these detainers into mandates.
Forcing sheriffs to act as an extension of ICE undermines public safety by diverting much needed resources away from other safety initiatives, decreasing voluntary reporting of crime, and otherwise spreading fear throughout our immigrant communities.
HB 370 is bad policy. Contact your lawmakers today!