Sheriff Jim Pendergraph established the 287(g) program in Mecklenburg County, where I live, and since retirement has spent considerable time defending it. Rather shrilly as well. Last year I published an op-ed criticizing the program's flaws, and he responded with a letter demonstrating that he was unaware of what even ICE officials thought of the program.
Now he has his own op-ed in the Charlotte Observer. This time, he demonstrates that he is unaware that roughly 40 percent of immigrants in the country illegally overstayed their visas:
At some point, every illegal alien made a conscious decision to pack food, water and whatever other belongings they wished to carry, sidestep the law, and make a somewhat difficult trek into the United States, many infiltrating into Mecklenburg County.
So, actually no. That's not true, though it conjures up a more threatening image of poor Mexicans marching to "infiltrate."
But it gets worse. He ends by arguing that if you do not support 287(g), you are unpatriotic:
Real Americans support this effort to make our country secure. Those who don't need to reassess where their loyalties lie.
There's nothing quite like ill-informed flag-waving xenophobia to start the day.