ICE reports increased deportations

More than 4,000 illegal immigrants in North Carolina were placed into deportation proceedings through partnerships between federal and local enforcement efforts in the past fiscal year.

More than half of the illegal immigrants processed last year were identified through the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement reported that the partnership with the Mecklenburg County Sheriff Department and newer relationships with the Gaston and Wake County sheriff departments led to record numbers of captures and deportations of criminal aliens.

The numbers were among the 40,000 immigrants processed by ICE's Atlanta field office, which oversees Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina, in the fiscal year ending Sept. 31.

Franco Ordoñez