Immigrant advocates hold vigils over bill aimed at sheriffs

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Latino and civil rights activists in North Carolina remain worried about Republican legislation that would direct all local sheriffs to cooperate with federal immigration agents after a handful has said recently that they won't.

The umbrella group El Colectivo NC planned vigils Saturday evening outside the Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in Charlotte and the Executive Mansion in Raleigh.

The group's member organizations want Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper to commit to vetoing what it considers anti-immigration legislation like a House bill telling sheriffs they must comply with ICE detainer requests. The measure now in the Senate also would let private citizens sue sheriffs who don't, leading to potential fines.

Cooper's office has said the governor has "serious concerns" about efforts to take away local authority and hamstring local law enforcement.