DAILYKENN.com -- Incumbent Irwin Carmichael is being challenged by a formidable foe in his quest for reelection as sheriff in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina.
The foe is not his opponent in the race, but rather a financial contributor: The American Civil Liberties Union.
Reports say the ACLU has donated $175,000 to squash Carmichael's reelection bid. The group is apparently miffed because the lawman cooperated with Donald Trump to uphold immigration laws.
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In one of first forays into electoral politics, a civil liberties group is spending $175,000 in Mecklenburg County's sheriff race with ads accusing incumbent Irwin Carmichael of working with "Trump's deportation force."
The American Civil Liberties Union, a non-partisan group, is targeting Carmichael's 287(g) program ahead of Tuesday's Democratic primary.
The program partners sheriff deputies with federal immigration officials to identify undocumented immigrants charged with crimes and process them for possible deportation.
A new report shows those held under the program last year included murderers, other felons and 111 people charged with DWI. There were also less serious offenses like traffic violations and, in one case, possessing undersized fish.
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