By Dave Gibson, July 21, 2020
On October 29, 2015, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory signed into law House Bill 318, known as the Protect North Carolina Workers Act, which banned cities and counties across the state from enacting so-called “sanctuary policies” to shield illegal aliens from deportation after being apprehended for other crimes.
At the signing ceremony, McCrory said, “Today, North Carolina is standing up for the rule of law, which is central to North Carolina values and our country’s values. Public safety officials must have the flexibility and tools to investigate crimes and sanctuary city policies that deprive law enforcement of those tools.”
Local authorities in North Carolina could no longer prevent law enforcement from inquiring into a suspect’s immigration status, nor could they prevent jails from reporting illegal aliens to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), for deportation.
However, in May 2016, the Charlotte Observer reported: “ … according to a news release Tuesday from Senate leader Phil Berger’s office, ‘several law enforcement officials have contacted lawmakers to raise concern that some local governments are not complying with the law.’ ”
Of course, with the 2016 election of Democrat Roy Cooper (pictured left) as governor of North Carolina, the citizens of the Tarheel State have seen Cooper with basically, a wink and a nod, roll back the work the state legislature and the McCrory Administration’s accomplishments in protecting the state from criminal aliens.
There are three high-profile, so-called ‘sanctuary sheriffs’ in the ‘Tarheel State’ leading the way in this most lawless initiative, who refuse to honor ICE detainers, even for sex offenders, and simply release the offender if they can make bail.
They are as follows:
- Mecklenburg County Sheriff Garry McFadden who was elected in 2018 and oversees those arrested in Charlotte (pop. 2,054,000). He is perhaps, the most outspoken of the three and refuses any notions that the increase in crimes being committed by illegal aliens in his county has anything to do with the ‘sanctuary’ policy he provides to criminal aliens.
- Wake County Sheriff Gerald Baker who, since taking office in 2019, ended his department’s participation in the 287(g) program which allowed deputies to investigate an inmate’s immigration status and report them to ICE. The state capital, Raleigh, is located within Wake County.
- Durham County Sheriff Clarence Birkhead who has also ended his department’s 287(g) program and simply allows illegal aliens to be released on bond. In 2019, Bryan Jose Guzman was charged with robbery and an ICE detainer was filed against him with the Durham County Jail. Despite the detainer, he was released from custody, and in September of that same year, he was charged with the murder of 19-year-old Marlene Yamileth Portillo-Posada after her body was found in the woods.
And these policies are having clear consequences…
During the month of June 2020, there were a total of 238 child sexual assault charges filed against illegal aliens throughout the state of North Carolina, according to the citizens’ advocacy group known as NCFIRE. That represents the highest number of reported child molestations allegedly perpetrated by those here illegally in that state since January 2015 when 518 charges were filed.
Between January 1 and June 30, 2019, there were 429 child sexual assault charges filed in North Carolina against illegal aliens. During that same six-month period in 2020, there 662 of those charges filed across the state against those here illegally.
The lawlessness will continue, and as is the case with any invasion, the innocent children are always the ones who suffer most.