The Controversial 287-G Program Is Out

CHARLOTTE, NC. — The controversial 287-g program is out.  Mecklenburg county’s new Sheriff followed through on a campaign promise on his first day in office.

With a flick of a pen, history was made at Manolo’s Latin Bakery off Central Avenue.

New Sheriff Garry McFadden ended officially stopped the Sheriff’s office from participating in the 287-g program. It’s a sweet victory for those who oppose the program. They say it targets innocent people.

“I think it’s going to be a great opportunity for families to feel that they can go out to the soccer field and come home safe. It’s a great opportunity for them to go to the grocery store, to take their children to school, to participate and be more active in their lives,” says Stefania Artehea with Comunidad Colectiva.

287-g allowed deputies to run an arrested suspect’s name through immigration databases to determine if they’re undocumented. Opponents say since it began in Mecklenburg county in 2006, it has been used to deport more than 15,000 people.

Former Mecklenburg County Commissioner Jim Puckett supports the federal program, “I like to know that every person booked in our jail, from this country or any other country, I’d like to know exactly if there are any outstanding warrants, anything else we need to know.”

A regional ICE spokesperson tells WCCB withdrawing from 287-g does not mean immigration enforcement will decrease. Bryan Cox says it’s likely Mecklenburg county will now see a greater ICE presence in the community. Cox says the agency may have to target specific suspects on the streets, who would have otherwise been taken into custody at the jail.