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OPINION: The governor stands with sheriffs against a misguided NC immigration bill

The veto brought a predictable objection from Sen. Chuck Edwards (R-Henderson), who said the governor “is more concerned about protecting the ‘rights’ of people in this country illegally who are in jail for committing crimes than he is about protecting the safety of our communities and the citizens that live in them.”

Edwards is using citizens selectively. The sheriffs he considers at fault were elected by citizens who supported the sheriffs’ pledges to take their departments out of the federal deportation pipeline. ICE detentions can lead to families being ripped apart because of a traffic violation or a minor offense — and many members of those affected families are U.S. citizens.