Officials Say Social Media Reports Of ICE Checkpoints, Stops In Charlotte Are False
CHARLOTTE, NC — Officials say that photos and reports circulating on social media claiming that ICE and local law enforcement agencies are conducting random stops and checkpoints are false.
“Every day, as part of routine targeted enforcement operations, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Fugitive Operations teams arrest criminal aliens and other individuals who are in violation of our nation’s immigration laws,” says Bryan Cox, Southern Region Communications Director for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. “ICE conducts targeted immigration enforcement in compliance with federal law and agency policy. ICE does not conduct sweeps or raids that target aliens indiscriminately.”
Cox confirmed that one photo posted to Facebook did show ICE agents arresting two individuals, but no other law enforcement agencies were involved. Cox says that the two suspects both had prior DUI convictions in North Carolina and were in the country illegally. Cox also says that the men were arrested “in accordance with the agency’s focus on criminal offenders and individuals who pose a threat to national security, public safety and border security.”
The posts started showing up on social media early Tuesday morning claiming that checkpoints were set up on Central Avenue, Albermarle Road, and Kilborne Drive. Throughout the day, rumors began circulating that random stops and arrests were being made by ICE agents and other local agencies, including CMPD and the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office.
CMPD says they have not been involved in any operations involving immigration, and that a picture claiming to show officers involved in an ICE operation is actually showing an officer assisting a DMV officer with a traffic stop.
The Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office also says they have not been involved in any operations.