This Tuesday, voters in North Carolina’s Mecklenburg County rejected a controversial Trump-backed program which allowed local law enforcement to also act as federal immigration officers. The program led to the deportation of over 15,000 of the county’s residents in just over a decade, according to the ACLU.
Four out of five voters gave former CMPD homicide detective Garry McFadden the new role as sheriff, demanding “justice, accountability,” and an end to the “discriminatory policy that has led to widespread racial profiling, civil rights abuses, and families being torn apart,” the ACLU said in their statement.
“I want to change the city to bring unity,” McFadden said to a crowd of racially diverse supporters. “I want to change the city to bring inclusiveness. And we’re going to have to talk about race. And someone said, ‘Is that the job of the sheriff?’ Well, that’s the job of this sheriff!”
The loss was a big one for outgoing sheriff Irwin Carmichael, who had been a vocal proponent of President Trump’s immigration policies. The issue was so divisive, that even Carmichael acknowledged that the policy, known as the 287(g) program, was the deciding factor in his loss.
Just talked one-on-one Sheriff Irwin Carmichael. He said he’s surprised by tonight’s results and believes it all came down to 287g. He’s expected to take the stage shortly for his formal concession speech @SpecNewsCLT #ncpol pic.twitter.com/QWGmSk4R8j
— Kirstin Garriss (@ReporterGarriss) May 9, 2018
McFadden had a huge groundswell of Latino support.
The ACLU played a part in the defeat of Trumpism as well.
With so much on the line for civil liberties, the ACLU and our community partners engaged in a first-of-its-kind campaign in this Democratic primary to educate voters about the candidates’ positions on immigrants’ rights and other vital issues, including solitary confinement of juveniles and independent investigations of misconduct in the sheriff’s office. We invested $175,000 in radio ads, phone calls, canvassing, and other efforts to directly reach tens of thousands of voters about the civil liberties issues at stake in this race.
Mecklenburg County Sheriff's race winner Gary McFadden says he wants to build unity and trust, by reversing some of incumbent Irwin Carmichael's controversial policies. Read more here: https://t.co/hcmZ4NDJT0 pic.twitter.com/WE19hyLmS1
— WFAE (@WFAE) May 10, 2018
McFadden will likely serve a full four-year term since no Republicans are running.
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