Mecklenburg County to further research controversial 287g program

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Those for and against 287G program in Mecklenburg County met face to face once again Tuesday night. This time it was at a Mecklenburg County Commissioners meeting.

“Being undocumented in the United States is not a felony,” said a Charlotte immigration lawyer.

The program started in the Mecklenburg County in 2006 and is used to identify undocumented immigrants who are arrested. Those against the tool say it’s unfairly deporting those who are not a threat to public safety.

“My husband was undocumented and driving without a drivers license was arrested and proceeded to deportation. So he is being deported and it breaks my marriage and my beautiful family apart,” said one mother.

Twice in the past month Mecklenburg County Sheriff Irwin Carmicheal has defended the program, showing FOX 46 Charlotte mugshots of those in the country illegally and arrested for serious crimes like attempted murder.

“There are checks and balances within that program. One person does not make a decision about what happens to that individual,” said one supporter.

But dozens of those who showed up and are against the tactic say that’s not happening.

The Mecklenburg County Manager agreed to prepare a report on specifics about who is being arrested in the program and dig deeper into the 287g contract.

It’s what speakers Tuesday night specifically asked county commissioners to do.

“This reminds me of the civil rights movement of people struggling to stay in a country so I thank you for doing what you are doing,” said commissioner Ella Scarborough.

Commissioners are expected to meet with the sheriff next week and they say 287g will be discussed during that meeting.

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