• published November 19, 2008 12:15 am
RALEIGH – Seven North Carolina sheriff offices partnering with federal immigration officials identified at least 3,359 inmates so far this year who are in the country illegally.
All but 177 of them have been handed over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement for deportation proceedings, Eddie Caldwell, executive vice president of the N.C. Sheriffs' Association, told legislators Tuesday.
Seven sheriffs offices, including Henderson County, participate in the program known as 287(g), which trains jailers in immigration procedures.
Jailers interviewed 4,511 suspected illegal immigrants through Sept. 30, and turned over 3,182 for deportation.
Most of the charges for those slated for deportation involved driving offenses.
Of the charges, 44 percent involved criminal violations, from trespassing to murder, 23 percent involved impaired driving and 33 percent involved other driving violations.
CITIZEN-TIMES.COM, ASHVILLE, NC