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The American Civil Liberties Union, immigrant rights advocates and Buncombe County’s sheriff are among those applauding Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of House Bill 370.

UPDATE 11:19 A.M. Thursday - RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Directives upon North Carolina sheriffs to check immigration records of all jail inmates and recognize federal requests to hold them are headed to the Senate floor after more impassioned debate.

The measure approved Thursday in the Senate Rules Committee responds to several recently elected sheriffs who no longer comply with Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainers. The detainers ask that people who may be in the country unlawfully be held up to 48 hours. Compliance is now voluntary.

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Buncombe County Sheriff Quentin Miller will join two other sheriffs in Raleigh Wed. to denounce legislation that would force all North Carolina Sheriffs to assist federal immigration agents. 

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina legislation designed to address recent decisions by some newly-elected sheriffs to stop assisting federal immigration agents is resurfacing in a committee.

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As Henderson County government prepares its upcoming fiscal year budget, opponents of the Sheriff’s agreement with federal immigration authorities say their tax dollars are being misused.  

Social service agencies that work with the immigrant population say the 287(g) program with Immigration and Customs Enforcement leads to more crime and is unconstitutional.

Activists shouted chants from the steps of the historic courthouse, minutes before the regular county commissioners meeting.

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Different organizations that represent the Latinx community in Henderson County are dealing with the fallout from arrests by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.  

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Buncombe County’s sheriff is standing by his decision to deny detainer requests from Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

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Western North Carolina’s two most populous counties have differing policies when it comes to working with federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

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Last month, Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers arrested nearly 300 people across North Carolina. Those arrests are still sending shockwaves throughout Western North Carolina’s Latinx community.