• Gaston County sheriff standing firm on sticking with 287(g) program

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    GASTON COUNTY, N.C. - The Gaston County Sheriff said he's standing firm on 287 (g) even after others across the state have decided to drop it.

    Sheriff Alan Cloninger said he will continue to implement the controversial policy, which lets deputies share information with Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials when undocumented immigrants are booked into jail.

    [READ MORE: Sheriff McFadden begins tenure by ending ICE’s 287(g) program in Mecklenburg County]

    Gaston and Cabarrus counties are among the four counties in the state using 287(g).

    Last month, Mecklenburg County Sheriff Garry McFadden ended 287(g).

    [RELATED: Suspect accused of violent crime out of jail due to 287(g) ending]

    [ALSO READ: Abolishing 287(g) could lead to more arrests of undocumented immigrants]

    He promised to abolish the program during his campaign and ended it within his first week on the job.

    Wake County abolished the program shortly after Mecklenburg County.

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