A recent post by Civitas poses a “tough question” about immigrants without visas: “If Eve Carson had been murdered by an illegal alien — instead of two young black men out on probation — would the state be inviting [Immigration and Customs Enforcement] to review North Carolina’s immigration enforcement policies — or lack thereof?” The author, Jameson Taylor, bets not.

(Eve Carson was the beloved UNC Student Body President who was murdered in March 2008 near campus. As a UNC student at the time, I can tell you personally how horrific this tragedy was for our entire university, not to mention for her friends and all the people who knew her from her incredibly active life in service projects and student organizations.)

(Civitas is one of many political outlets financed by Raleigh retail mogul Art Pope, whose family spends tens of millions of dollars on all things conservative in North Carolina, including the last election. The state Republican Party headquarters is named after his parents.)

Since dozens of law enforcement agencies participate in the 287(g) program—in which ICE trains and deputizes local law enforcement officials to act as immigration officers—I would say that they are doing a lot more than reviewing North Carolina’s immigration enforcement policies; they are basically dictating them. A similar program that covers almost the entire state called Secure Communities began in North Carolina in 2008 (along with Texas), and is now nationwide.

The author later says (in the comment section) that “In short, illegal immigration fosters and facilitates a disrespect for the law, which often leads to additional crimes.” They say this after confounding statistics about drug trafficking and immigration. It does lead to additional crimes: by farmers whose choices are to hire undocumented workers or move to Mexico; or worse, by vigilantes who think all immigrants are drug traffickers and decide to make a nine-year-old girl beg for her life before they kill her and her father.

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