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Orange joins immigration enforcement program

Posted January 16, 2009
Updated January 27, 2009

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— Orange County has joined a federal program that helps local law enforcement identify illegal immigrants when they have been charged with crimes.

New Hanover and Duplin counties also have joined the Secure Communities program. Administered by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the program gives local law enforcement agencies access to federal immigration databases to help identify illegal immigrants who have been arrested.

Unlike the more controvsersial 287(g) program, Secure Communities doesn't train local officers to initiate deportation proceedings.

“We are excited about having the technology to access the Department of Homeland Security’s and the Department of Justice’s information," Duplin County Sheriff Blake Wallace said in a statement. "This is another tool in our arsenal to make Duplin County an even safer place to live, work and raise a family.”

Wake and Cumberland counties are among the North Carolina counties that participate in the 287(g) program. Chatham County recently opted not to participate, saying it would disturb the community.

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  • readme Jan 23, 2009

    Nunez, can you just stop saying things that aren't true. I am an America citizen, and I have cleaned bathrooms for a living. I have cleaned kennels for a living. I have worked in agriculture and spent all day in the hot sun. I even did fast food for a while. I have a better job now, but I never was above that other work. I am from the mountains and only recently did we get the influx of zillions of latin illegals. Before that, we still had enough people to work the Christmas tree farms and restaurants and every other low paying job. We don't need the illegals - period. That is why they shoould all be made to leave somehow. We may have become more dependent on them lately, but we will be fine eventually if they are eradicated. So I support the new program this article is about. I just think it can be taken to the next level and deportation initiated on any illegals that are found also.

  • scuncic Jan 16, 2009

    Well, this is good news. I hope that North Carolina will soon pass a State Illegal Immigration Law and join South Carolina and other States.

    We must take our Country back from this ILLEGAL INVASION. Our Federal Government has failed us BIG time.

    Then you have these activist groups, the Catholic Church and the ACLU that want AMNESTY for these ILLEGAL ALIENS. It would be absolute suicide for this Country if AMNESTY were granted to the 20 million or so ILLEGAL ALIENS. We have more and more people out of work everyday and they want to add another 20 million to this Country? I say, “NO”!

    I believe it is time for all 50 States to pass a State law, like Arizona, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Missouri, South Carolina and a few others. It is time for these ILLEGAL ALIENS to go back to their home Country and get out of this Country. The problems they are causing will not go away until the ILLEGAL ALIENS are out of this Country. I think that is plain to see.

  • genesmith Jan 16, 2009

    This is wonderful news. As a resident of Orange county I am very happy that our elected officials have the sense to not let our community become a safe haven for these criminals.

  • The Fireman Jan 16, 2009

    Glad to hear it hope it works!!!

  • gingerlynn Jan 16, 2009

    The unemployment rate is the highest in 25 years! Of course Americans will do those jobs. They may not be the jobs they want, but right now they are the jobs they NEED!

  • fairyswearboots2 Jan 16, 2009

    I hope Durham countys next! As it is I hear Durham is a Sanctuary city and it needs to change.
    I live near Alliance on Guess Rd in Durham and you should see whats hanging around in the parking lot before daylight.
    My son went to get a job through them and was told they had nothing for him (he's White)- He was 5th on the list and Last to be picked along with 2 black males who left mad because by 9 am they were still there and NOT picked over The Spanish Non English Speaking People who aparently have Work Visas or work for Less than My Legal American Son would.....

  • wrx44 Jan 16, 2009

    Nunez...no doubt most illegal immigrants work very hard in very tough jobs. The unfortunate thing is that they will take low wages.

    If you didn't have illegal immigrants, it would force wages up, and then more people would want to do those jobs. Things would cost more too.

    The answer is for migrant worker "passes" so the workers can come from Mexico, Latin America to work, but they come for the work, not to stay permanently, and go back to their own country in the off season.

    If they want to stay permanently, they have to follow the legal process like everyone else.

    I would be all for that.

  • PaulRevere Jan 16, 2009

    nunez, your argument is faulty. Of course people would do it. It's awfully smug of illegals to think otherwise.

  • smilenc Jan 16, 2009

    rargos WOULD YOU DO A JOB A MIGRANT DOES? FOR LESS PAY WHEN THEY ARE ALL GONE BACK TO THERE COUNTRY PEOPLE LIKE YOU WILL HAVE TO WORK THE FIELDS,CLEAN BATHROOMS,ECT I BET YOU WOULDNT MAKE IT THROUGH THE DAY.ANYWAY YOU'LL HAVE PLENTY OF JOBS TO APPLY FOR QUESTION IS WILL YOU DO IT

  • PaulRevere Jan 16, 2009

    Shocking! I guess that makes Chatham and Buncombe as the most idiotic counties. I'm sure Sen. Kay Hagan is not happy about this. She was against this program...unless she's changed her mind about this as well.

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