Thursday, November 01, 2007

North Carolina sheriffs, U.S. join forces on migrants

U.S. Senator Elizabeth Dole (R-NC) has announced a partnership that will give North Carolina authorities the power to enforce federal immigration laws. The partnership between North Carolina sheriffs and Immigration and Customs Enforcement will give the state’s sheriff's offices access to ICE resources.

"North Carolina can become a model for the nation on how to identify, apprehend and remove undocumented aliens who have identified themselves by committing crimes," Dole said.

Johnston County Sheriff Steve Bizzell, president of the N.C. Sheriffs' Association, said "This is an opportunity for us to ID those illegal aliens ... who are ending up in our jails." Deputies in participating sheriff's offices will be able to check the immigration status of criminal suspects and begin deportation proceedings.

"We're going to root out the problem," he added, "If you're illegal and you're committing a crime, you're a priority to us." Bizzell concluded "We're tired of crime in general, but we're darn tired of crime that involves an illegal criminal alien who shouldn't be here in the first place."

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