Fox News senior judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano responded to a report that nearly 500 illegal immigrants have been released from custody in North Carolina.
Over the past 10 months, many illegal immigrants have been released, despite detainers against them from Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
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Mecklenburg County Sheriff Garry McFadden has blamed the releases on low bonds being set by judges in the cases, arguing that the law requires the suspects to be released when they post bond, while an ICE detainer is merely a “request.”
“This is a world turned upside-down. … Something screwy is going on in North Carolina,” Napolitano said on “Fox & Friends,” adding there is a “danger to public safety” when suspected violent criminals are released from custody.
Napolitano said bail is usually not set “low” when the case is an alleged “crime of violence.” He said when he was a judge in New Jersey it would have been “inconceivable” for him not to make sure a suspect freed on bail in his courtroom was turned over to a separate law enforcement agency on other suspected crimes.
“It would violate my oath to uphold the law.”
According to data obtained by WBTV, 489 detainers were declined by law enforcement across the state of North Carolina since the fiscal year began last October.