The Senate Rules committee voted Thursday to move House Bill 370 forward.
The controversial bill would require sheriffs to comply with detainer requests made by the federal Department of Homeland Security, as well as notify Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) if any person arrested for any criminal charge is not a citizen.
The bill targets 7 newly-elected Democratic sheriffs
Senator Chuck Edwards (R-Buncombe) has touted the bill as necessary for “national security and public safety” and as a common sense measure that the majority of sheriffs are already implementing, but Sheriff Garry McFadden of Mecklenburg County pushed back against that idea at a press conference Wednesday held by Sen. Wiley Nickel (D-Wake) before the committee meeting.
“HB 370 is not about community safety,” said McFadden. “It’s about stopping sheriffs.” Read more