CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - A rally is being held in Uptown Charlotte in support of a domestic violence survivor who was arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), along with her son, when she was seeking help at the Mecklenburg County Courthouse.
Advocates say on Monday, June 9, ICE went into the courthouse and arrested the woman and her 16-year-old son.
The group says "ICE's intrusion in the court is a clear attempt to intimidate and target immigrants," and they are calling on Mecklenburg County commissioners to denounce ICE's activity in the court and for the courts to tighten guidelines to make sure all residents, including immigrants, feel safe seeking legal help.
Community leaders speaking out on what they call "injustices committed by ICE," also addressed the voting out of former Sheriff Irwin Carmichael, a strong supporter of 287(g), a controversial program that started in Mecklenburg County in 2006 and was used to identify undocumented immigrants who are arrested.
Those against the tool said it unfairly deported those who are not a threat to public safety.
Sheriff Gary McFadden, who was elected in May, said he was going to dismantle the program. Many say he won his campaign on that promise.
"287g is going to be history in Charlotte-Mecklenburg,” said Sheriff-Elect Garry McFadden during his victory speech on May 9.
The groups involved in the rally include Comunidad Colectiva, Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy, SafeAlliance, Southeast Asian Coalition, Sister Song and more. You can watch the rally below: