New Mecklenburg sheriff will tell ICE he’ll end controversial jail immigration program

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On his first full day as Mecklenburg County Sheriff Wednesday, Garry McFadden notified the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement that it was ending the county’s 287(g) agreement, according to a news release.

The change will allowed sheriff’s deputies to perform immigration enforcement duties inside the jail.

The 287(g) program has sent thousands of people into deportation proceedings since 2006, and ending it was a major part of McFadden’s campaign. He defeated former sheriff Irwin Carmichael in May’s Democratic primary and ran unopposed in the general election.

Under 287(g), sheriff’s deputies in the jail took on some immigration law enforcement duties under ICE supervision.

Deputies will stop performing immigration duties when 278(g) ends, and ICE officials will need to have court-issued warrants or detainers to access the jail while McFadden is sheriff.