Thursday, October 4, 2012
Indy Week reports from North Carolina that federal officials are dropping deportation cases in Alamance County after a U.S. Department of Justice investigation alleged that Sheriff Terry Johnson and his office racially profile Latinos. Durham attorney Marty Rosenbluth tolds the Indy that Immigration and Customs Enforcement lawyers voluntarily closed six of his pending deportation cases in the days after the DOJ investigation. Each of Rosenbluth's deportation cases involved a Latino's arrest on the charge of driving without a license. In many cases in Alamance, driving without a license is the only charge brought against Latinos, Rosenbluth says. DOJ noted those arrests indicate profiling, explaining that the charge is "an offense not observable from the road."