Twice defeated, Republicans to try again for forced sheriff-ICE cooperation bill

BY: - January 27, 2023

For the third time, Republicans will try to enact a law that would require sheriffs across North Carolina to cooperate with federal immigration authorities and honor detainer requests of people accused of certain crimes. Gov. Roy Cooper, a Democrat, has twice vetoed similar measures. But Republicans might have the votes this year to override the […]

Migrant women endured medical mistreatment at Georgia ICE facility, U.S. Senate report finds

BY: - November 16, 2022

WASHINGTON — Members of the U.S. Senate on an investigation panel on Tuesday grilled federal immigration officials about a bipartisan report that detailed how migrant women at an immigration detention center in Georgia underwent questionable gynecological procedures. The U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Permanent Investigations released an 18-month bipartisan report that found migrant women who were detained at Irwin County Detention Center, known as ICDC, in Georgia were subjected to “excessive, invasive, and often unnecessary gynecological procedures,” and many of the women did not consent or understand the procedures they underwent. 

Cooper vetoes latest version of controversial immigration proposal

BY: - July 11, 2022

Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed the “ICE 2.0” bill Monday afternoon, a Republican-backed measure that would have required sheriffs’ offices across the state to hold people accused of certain serious crimes in jail for up to 48 hours after they would have been released so that they can be taken into custody by federal immigration officials. […]

NC House committee advances “2.0 version” of controversial ICE detainer bill

BY: - June 29, 2022

Members of a House Judiciary committee advanced a bill Tuesday that would require sheriff’s offices across North Carolina to hold people accused of certain serious crimes in jail for up to 48 hours so that they can be taken into custody by federal immigration officials. The bill continues a debate that stretches back to at […]


Forced ICE cooperation bill would shift costs to already hard-hit local governments

BY: - April 9, 2021

A proposal moving through the North Carolina General Assembly would further shift costs to local governments to score ideological points with those seeking stricter immigration enforcement even as the evidence shows that forced cooperation with ICE doesn’t make communities safer.   Senate Bill 101, which passed the Senate last week, is modeled after bills introduced in […]

Senate committee revives previously vetoed proposal to mandate sheriffs’ cooperation with ICE

BY: - March 9, 2021

Black sheriffs from state’s largest counties renew their opposition Despite drawing sharp criticism from sheriffs and community members, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved a bill today that would remove the discretion of local sheriffs when it comes to cooperation with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The most current version of Senate Bill 101 would require […]

New bills would require county jails to detain immigrants for ICE, protect local police budgets 

BY: - February 16, 2021

Immigrant rights groups are opposing a bill Senate Republicans filed Monday that would require local jail administrators to detain people if a federal agency requests it.   The senators also filed a bill that would punish local governments that cut their law enforcement budgets by more than 1% a year.  

Trump administration rescinds ICE rule on international college students

BY: - July 14, 2020

On Tuesday the Trump administration rescinded a new Immigration and Customs Enforcement policy that would have stripped international students of their visas if their courses are taught online during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The move comes after Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) sued the administration, kicking off a coalition of schools […]

Students in U.S. on visas will not be able to stay if campuses go online-only

BY: - July 6, 2020

Students in the U.S. on student visas will not be able to enter or remain in the country if their courses are online only, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced Monday. None of the UNC System’s 17 campuses plans to begin the Fall semester online-only. UNC-Chapel Hill is reserving spaces in its Carolina Away […]

NC lawmakers failed to enact anti-immigration legislation, so now U.S. Congressmen will try

BY: - October 30, 2019

North Carolina legislative Republicans couldn’t pass a law forcing sheriffs to honor requests from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to hold people in jail, so now a group of U.S. congressmen from the state is introducing federal legislation to try and get the job done. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Representatives […]