Sheriff Lowell Griffin

The Henderson County sheriff’s department will not enforce social distancing guidelines.  Henderson County Sheriff Lowell Griffin says he’s “frustrated by the governor throwing a blanket over the state.” 

“The constitution wasn’t suspended just because of this pandemic," Griffin said. "We’ve got a lot of small business owners that are hurting...and these multi-trillian dollar packages that our federal government is passing is not helping at all." 

 Griffin says it should be up to individuals and local municipalities, not the state. 

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Henderson County is the lone sheriff’s department in Western North Carolina that participates in the federal 287(g) program.  That agreement allowed for a 25-year-old Hendersonville man to be deported after he was arrested last month, following a traffic stop.   

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Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials spent Tuesday in Henderson County giving an annual update on their cooperation agreement with the sheriff’s department. The hour-long presentation at the County Courthouse didn’t provide many answers. 

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Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials spent Tuesday in Henderson County giving an annual update on their cooperation agreement with the sheriff’s department. The hour-long presentation at the County Courthouse didn’t provide many answers. 

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Henderson County’s decision to renew an agreement with federal immigration authorities puts government officials at risk of being sued under the fourth amendment. That was the message immigrant rights advocates brought to the county commissioner’s meeting Mon.

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HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A Western North Carolina sheriff says he plans to continue its agreement with U.S. immigration authorities.

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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.