Statement by the Alto HB 318 Coalition on walkout of I.C.E. meeting in Raleigh, NC

For Immediate Release

December 3, 2015
Contact:

Emilio Vicente | 919-200-8239 | emilio@seirn.org

William Saenz | 336-430-8917 | william@elpueblo.org

 

BREAKING: NC Immigrants Respond to Passage of Racist State Law,

Walk out on Wake County Sheriff Over Jail Deportation Program

 

“An openly racist state law makes ICE’s presence in local jails indefensible” says community leader

 

 

Photo of demonstrators standing outside the Wake County Detention Center after walking out of the meeting.

 

 

Raleigh, NC -- Immigrant residents of Wake County, including the six people arrested for blocking the street in front of Governor McCrory’s mansion in October, have just walked out of the Wake County Sheriff’s “287(g) Forum” chanting “ICE Out of North Carolina.”

 

“287(g) didn’t work from day one. Now an openly racist state law, like HB-318, makes ICE’s presence in local jails indefensible.” said Raleigh resident Gregorio Morales, who made a statement as the community walked out of the forum. “Do you think we are safer now? This program does not advance public safety, you’ve thrown the community under the bus.”  

 

On October 29th, North Carolina enacted HB-318, restricting immigrants’ use of identifications and the ability of local municipalities to place limits on ICE overreach. In response to the controversial state law, community leaders are uniting behind the demand for county officials to immediately take ICE out of Raleigh’s county jail.

 

“If we can’t put reasonable limits on ICE’s unconstitutional overreach, there can be no ICE presence in local jails. The movement for immigrant dignity doesn’t stop because of racist laws,” says Griselda Alonso, a longtime resident of Raleigh and community leader. “After HB-318, we cannot make excuses for allowing ICE to incentivize racial profiling in Wake County.”

 

Background: Currently, Wake County is one of five jurisdictions in North Carolina that houses, at taxpayers expense, US federal immigration and customs enforcement (ICE) inside its county facilities under controversial 287(g) agreements. The outdated 287(g) programs have been widely criticized for incentivizing racial profiling of people of color, eroding public confidence of local law enforcement, and diverting resources from actual public safety programs.

 

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Alto HB 318 Coalition is comprised of a diverse group of organizations and individuals committed to fighting for the dignity and respect for all immigrants and low-income communities in North Carolina.

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