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Dole, Sheriffs Discuss Immigration Enforcement

Posted August 23, 2007

In a rare appearance in Raleigh, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Dole said Thursday that she hopes to help local law enforcement authorities get a better handle on immigration.

Dole met with authorities like Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison and Johnston County Sheriff Steve Bizzell to discuss ways for officers to identify illegal aliens more quickly when suspects are detained on criminal charges.

"We'll hopefully be able to facilitate and really get some solutions to resolving the bureaucratic issues and red tape issues, as well as more funding," Dole said.

She said she plans to work on accelerating a federal program to provide training for local authorities and to share more federal immigration data with states, counties and cities.

"We need to know who is legal and who is illegal. We're after the ones committing the crimes in our counties," Harrison said.

"We have a problem with illegals that are committing crimes – murder, rape, robbery, driving drunk, you name the crime, it's occurring. Enough's enough," Bizzell said.

Dole and the sheriffs said there are no plans to step up efforts by local authorities to round up illegal immigrants, only to root out those suspected of committing crimes.

Meanwhile, Dole also attended a fundraiser in Raleigh Thursday night.

Although many Democrats have said her Senate seat is vulnerable in the 2008 election, most high-profile Democrats have declined to run against her. Gov. Mike Easley, Attorney General Roy Cooper and 13th District Congressman Brad Miller are among those who have passed on the election.

Democrats considered possible candidates against her include state Reps. Grier Martin and Dan Blue of Wake County – Blue ran for Senate five years ago – Guilford County Sen. Kay Hagan, State Board of Education Chairman Howard Lee and Raleigh lawyer David Kirby, the former law partner of presidential candidate John Edwards.

Political analysts said a lot of money and political guts will be needed to compete with Dole.

"(It has to be) someone who is willing to sort of gamble on this, who doesn't have to have a win here, who can put up a brave fight and use that in the future to propel their political career," said Andrew Taylor, a political science professor at North Carolina State University.


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  • prideinusa4evr Aug 25, 2007

    Am I allowed to say I support Sen. Dole on this? Thus far neither of my comments doing so have appeared.

  • prideinusa4evr Aug 25, 2007

    We need more politicians who will support the rights of the CITIZENS of the US and I applaude Sen. Dole. Protect our rights and our nation and force the enforcement of our immigration laws NOW.

  • prideinusa4evr Aug 25, 2007

    At this point, I am grateful to Sen. Dole and anyone else who presses for action against illegal aliens who are helping to destroy our nation's sovereigny along with the politicians who are giving it away. I applaude and welcome anyone who cared enough to follow the rules for entry into our home, whether they are red, white, yellow, black, purple or orange, but if they came here knowing they would be stealing someone else's identity to pass or voting in elections they don't have any right to a say in, they are unwelcome and need to be tossed back.

  • LSH247 Aug 25, 2007


  • whatusay Aug 24, 2007

    Bronx_Boricura....I have no idea what your last comment was trying to say...very incoherent. Are you saying by letting illegals stay we will have more gangs, or less gangs, or let happen what will happen?

  • whatusay Aug 24, 2007

    Guess what a judge in Kansas ruled today: It is illegal to enter the U.S. illegally, but once you are here it is not illegal to stay. Is this one of the three stooges? Does he need to be a public official? What a dunce.

  • JohnB2012 Aug 24, 2007

    It is against the law for illegal aliens to vote. It is against the law for them to work also but that hasn't stopped them from doing it yet. So yes My_perogative, if they have a water bill showing a local address they could register to vote.

  • haggis basher Aug 24, 2007


    1 : an act or the commission of an act that is forbidden or the omission of a duty that is commanded by a public law and that makes the offender liable to punishment by that law; especially : a gross violation of law

    Thats make illegal immigrants criminals to me. I'm a legal immigrant myself (I was asked to come) so have a ceratin sympathy with the illegals but the US simply cannot take everyone who wants to get in. Nice to know I'll be able to vote in the next election though :) I'm voting for ERII to get the job back!

  • Bronx_Boricua Aug 24, 2007

    I think it is a good idea to catch the ones that are doing wrong. But the ones that are doing right and trying to get citizenship should be left alone. I think this is a good idea for someone to do knowing how the gangs are coming here from different countries and causing so many problems, since we have enough gangs here to begin with and their problems.

  • whatusay Aug 24, 2007

    What Senator Dole is advertising will not help very much. She is involved with helping law enforcement locate illegals who have committed crimes. All of the illegals have committed a crime by being here. I must be missing something.