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NC bill requiring sheriffs to assist ICE goes to governor

North Carolina Republicans have successfully approved legislation directing the state’s elected local sheriffs to learn the immigration status of jail inmates and assist federal agents who want to detain them. The Senate gave final approval to the bill on Friday, the day after the House approved it. The measure now goes to Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper, who is likely to veto it. He vetoed successfully a similar 2019 law. The legislation is a response to Democratic sheriffs in several urban counties who have stopped working closely with ICE to hold defendants. Groups representing immigrants and the poor oppose the measure.