NC Sheriffs and Sanctuary Policies Are Endangering the Public

Facebook Photo of Marlene Portillo-Posada, Murdered by Illegal Released by Durham Sheriff

What is described as an “ongoing battle” between local North Carolina law enforcement and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is having deadly consequences in the state. UNC Media Hub, a website run by UNC-Chapel Hill undergraduates, reported recently on the refusal of sheriffs in some urban counties to hold illegal aliens in spite of ICE requests otherwise. The article lists some examples:

  • In Buncombe County, home of Asheville, Marvin Torres was convicted of indecent liberties with a minor in 2017. ICE’s request for a detainer was refused. Last month, officals released Torres.
  • In Wake County, home of the state capital Raleigh, Furmencio Miranda-Cortazar of Mexico was convicted of sexual battery last June. In spite of a request that he be held, the newly elected sheriff released him anyway. ICE has now arrested him again.
  • In Durham County, site of the City of Durham, a newly elected sheriff in December 2018 released 11 illegals in defiance of ICE detainers.

In the case of those 11 illegals released in Durham, these sheriffs’ defiance has proved deadly. Among the 11, reports John Binder of Breitbart News, was 18-year-old Jose Bryan Guzman of El Salvador. Guzman arrived illegally in the U.S. in 2015, apparently as an Unaccompanied Alien Child, and was thereupon released. In December 2018, while living in Durham, Guzman was arrested on two counts of armed robbery. Soon released by the new sheriff despite an ICE request, Guzman six months later strangled his girlfriend to death, and fled to Louisiana, where he was arrested by ICE.

This kind of irresponsible behavior by elected officials like these sheriffs is costing lives. Binder sums up his report this way:

In Fiscal Year 2019, North Carolina sanctuary jurisdictions freed about 563 illegal aliens from custody instead of turning them over to ICE agents. Of those illegal aliens released, more than 500 have been convicted of crimes, including 28 convicted of assault, 192 convicted on traffic violations, 84 convicted of drunk driving, 46 convicted of possession of drugs, and 35 convicted of larceny.

“Sanctuary laws” endanger the American public. They must be abolished.

For more, see Breitbart News.

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