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Another North Carolina sheriff to reject ICE detainees

February 26, 2019

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Another sheriff in North Carolina says he will no longer honor detainees for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

News outlets report Buncombe County Sheriff Quentin Miller told reporters on Tuesday that holding people suspected of being in the country illegally “is not part of our law enforcement duties.” The sheriff said if federal agencies provide a valid criminal warrant, that person will be handed over to the respective agency.

Miller says it’s vital that local immigrants can call the sheriff’s office without fear when they need help.

In December, Wake and Mecklenburg counties pulled out of the federal 287(g) program, in which local law enforcement agencies check the immigration status of people they’ve arrested. Durham County hasn’t participated in 287(g), and has said it will no longer honor ICE detainers.