CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- This week, new Mecklenburg County sheriff Garry McFadden announced an end to the 287(g) program.

The program allowed sheriff's deputies to enforce federal immigration law, including arresting and detaining illegal immigrants.

Thursday, ICE responded with a statement, stating that Charlotte should expect a more visible presence from the agency in the city.

On Friday, a rebuttal came from the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office, which reads, "Sheriff McFadden is committed to doing his job to keep the community safe.  The sheriff's office is looking forward to a positive working relationship with ICE."