Meck County Commissioners Pass Resolution Supporting Immigrants & Sheriff McFadden

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Outcry over increased ICE activity in Charlotte, leading to action from Mecklenburg County Commissioners. They came to the defense of Sheriff Garry McFadden at their meeting Tuesday night.

All nine members voted in favor of a resolution supporting immigrants and the Sheriff.

“I celebrate the steps that you have taken, the approach that you have employed,” Commissioner Trevor Fuller told the Sheriff.

McFadden is not backing down, despite criticism from Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

ICE leaders argue by ending 287(g), McFadden is allowing dangerous criminals back into the community.

McFadden says immigration enforcement isn’t his job.

“By targeting (the immigrant) community with raids, threats, deportation… we as law enforcement know that makes them and us lose trust in each other,” McFadden told commissioners.

McFadden said ICE raids like we’ve seen over the past few weeks make victims and witnesses afraid to come forward, causing crimes to go unreported.

Commissioners agree.

“I condemn the comments of ICE officers who have publicly criticized our elected Sheriff. That is not their job,” Fuller said.

“I thank you and I’m just so proud of you and for standing up to the pressures which must be incredible on you,” said commissioner Susan Rodriguez-McDowell.