New sheriff tells ICE he’ll end controversial jail immigration program in Mecklenburg – The Charlotte Observer

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 program used to allow sheriff’s deputies to perform immigration enforcement duties inside the jail, with supervision from ICE.

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.

ICE spokesman Bryan Cox confirmed that the federal agency recieved McFadden’s notification Wednesday.

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