“I am against 287(g) because I was wrongly detained because I am Latino,”
A crowd of 30 or more from Siembra N.C., an advocacy group by and for undocumented immigrants sponsored by the American Friends Services Committee, gathered outside before the meeting and helped fill the commissioners’ meeting room and overflow room.
“I wouldn’t want to be stopped because of the color of my skin,” Byrd said.
“Which I think comes from peeps politicizing the 287(g) program,” Galey said.
287(g) is a federal program that gets local sheriff’s offices to flag offenders in jail who are also in the country illegally for deportation, and trains deputies to enforce immigration law in the field. It led to an unsuccessful
“I believe we need to do something in this nation about those who don’t feel they need to follow the rules,” Sutton said.
Mountain Valley Pipeline Southgate
The commissioners didn’t adopt a resolution opposing the proposed MVP Southgate natural gas pipeline, but they talked as though they wanted to.
“It’s an invasion; it feels invasive,” Galey said about the possibility of a for-profit company exercising eminent domain on local farmland. “These landowners clearly bear all the costs.”
The proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline Southgate would be a 72-mile, 24-inch-diameter line connecting to the existing MVP in
The company says the pipeline will bring cheaper natural gas to the area, which has a growing population and growing demand for energy, 1,260 jobs, $106 million in local spending, and $1.3 million per year in county taxes, all with less pollution than coal.
Opponents, represented by the
Byrd objected to the potential environmental damage and said the analyses he’d seen saying the pipeline was needed for the state’s growing energy demands didn’t account for renewable energy sources like wind and solar.
Despite her opposition to eminent domain, Galey said it was a complicated issue and she wasn’t comfortable submitting an opinion as a county government with the information available.
“I don’t feel like as a county government that we have the expertise to evaluate the claims either of the
The commissioners didn’t seem pleased with the incomplete draft resolution County Attorney
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