Irena Como, staff attorney at the ACLU of North Carolina, said if local law enforcement has an agreement with ICE, they could contact them about an undocumented person at a checkpoint if that person had a previous criminal record.
But the Orange County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement it will not act like immigration enforcement agencies.
“We will put fear and bias aside and treat all people with the respect and courtesy they deserve,” the statement said.
Capt. Joshua Mecimore, spokesperson for the Chapel Hill Police Department, said there will be no checkpoints in collaboration with ICE in the town.
A rumored checkpoint in Chapel Hill on Erwin Road was untrue, Mecimore said.
“We’ve had some confusion in thinking that speed enforcement has something to do with checkpoints,” he said. “Those are two very different things.”
Orange County Sheriff Charles Blackwood said immigrants have nothing to fear from his office.