Sheriff aims to hold ICE detainees who are ‘raping’ citizens

January 25, 2019

GRAHAM, N.C. (AP) — Commissioners in a North Carolina county have approved $2.8 million to proceed with contracts to house federal detainees after the sheriff said it would hold immigrant criminals who are “raping our citizens in many, many ways.”

News outlets report that Alamance County Sheriff Terry Johnson spoke Tuesday at a Board of Commissioners meeting , asking for additional federal funds to house inmates for Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the U.S. Marshals Service.

The funds allow the sheriff’s office to hire 30 people, give officers a raise and buy vans and equipment. The office signed a U.S. Marshals contract and an ICE contract is under review.

Siembra NC, a Latino immigrant project, says local groups opposed to the plan will go door-to-door to alert immigrants and staff a hotline to monitor for abuse.

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