ACLU opposes North Carolina sheriff handling immigration
BURLINGTON, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union is asking federal officials to reject an application from the Alamance County Sheriff’s Office to help enforce immigration laws.
Local media outlets report that ACLU policy director Sarah Gillooly has written the Department of Homeland Security opposing the application by the sheriff’s department to resume enforcement of federal immigration laws.
The sheriff’s office previously had an agreement with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The Justice Department sued Alamance County Sheriff Terry Johnson in 2012, saying his office routinely targeted and discriminated against Latinos.
A federal judge rejected the lawsuit, but the sheriff’s office lost funding while it was removed from the program.
Johnson says he was visited by immigration officers about rejoining the program after President Trump took office.