A program to fight illegal immigration that brought law enforcement from all across eastern Carolina to Greenville last August appears all but dead.
Pitt County Sheriff Mac Manning says, "The reason the 287 G is not here now and probably will not be here in eastern Carolina is because it takes a significant amount of manpower and equipment. The cost of putting that program in every county would be cost prohibitive, so I don't see that actually happening here locally."
The 287 G program would have allowed U.S. Immigration, Customs & Enforcement officials to train local sheriff's departments so they could begin the deportation process locally of illegal aliens.
There is still the chance a regional 287 G hub could be established in one eastern Carolina county. Sheriff Manning says that's questionable too because of a lack of jail space.
One other program all county sheriff's offices are participating in is called Illegal Alien Queries. The program allows law enforcement to ask questions of new inmates to help determine if they're illegal aliens. That information is then forwarded to immigration officials.
The Pitt County sheriff's office has identified 11 inmates in the first four months of 2008 as being here illegally.