287(g)

Oliver Merino

Latino voter turnout in Mecklenburg County spiked during the May primary, according to elections data. Experts and organizations are attributing the increase to the Sheriff's race and local immigration policies. Now, election observers are wondering if the momentum will continue into the general election.

Nick de la Canal / WFAE

As Garry McFadden gets ready to take over the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office, a spokesman for the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement has a warning for him. If McFadden follows through on a campaign promise to end the county’s participation in the controversial 287(g) program, there could be ramped up activity on the part of ICE.

Alex Olgin / WFAE News

Video visits with inmates and participation in a federal immigration enforcement program were two of the flashpoint issues at the Mecklenburg County sheriff's forum Thursday night at Little Rock AME Zion Church.

Mecklenburg County Sheriff Irwin Carmichael on Charlotte Talks with host Mike Collins.
Wendy Herkey / WFAE

Mecklenburg County Commissioners are requesting more information about the 287(g) program, which allows the sheriff’s office to partner with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, to screen and detain immigrants living in the U.S. illegally after they are brought to the Mecklenburg County jail.

Nick de la Canal / WFAE

On May 8, Mecklenburg voters will take to the polls to elect a new sheriff. One of the biggest issues up for debate is 287(g), a program that allows Mecklenburg sheriff’s deputies to work with federal immigration officials to screen and detain inmates. 

Marshall Terry

The Mecklenburg County sheriff's office said 578 people were placed in deportation proceedings and 288 people ultimately deported through the federal 287 (g) program over the last year. Those numbers were released Wednesday at a public meeting.

Tom Bullock / WFAE

The Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Department is one of just 37 agencies to participate in a federal program known as 287(g). It allows deputies to take part in enforcing federal immigration laws.

Participation in the program is voluntary and controversial.

On Thursday the Sheriff's Department hoped to answer questions about 287-G by allowing reporters to walk through the process.