President Donald Trump met with several county sheriffs from across the country to discuss immigration and sanctuary cities and there was one clear takeaway from their meeting: The president has local law enforcement’s back.
Sheriff Chuck Jenkins of Frederick County, Maryland met with the president to discuss how county-level law enforcement can assist Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
According to the sheriff, the president was looking for feedback as to how federal and local law enforcement can partner to secure the border and address illegal immigrants within the United States.
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“We’re seeing the impact of illegal immigration crime. The drugs are pouring into the country,” said Sheriff Jenkins.
The sheriff stated that they were able to meet with the president and his policy staff to discuss issues with detaining arrested illegal immigrants, expanding facilities used by ICE, and border security strategy.
Sheriff Jenkins also talked about the difficulties that arise when local governments become sanctuary cities and counties rather than enforcing the law.
“When we have a county or a state that borders us that’s a sanctuary county we certainly feel the impact,” said Sheriff Jenkins, adding, “Criminals don’t know borders.”
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Overall, the sheriff felt that the meeting between his fellow sheriffs and White House staff was very productive and many good propositions were made.
“I really believe this president has the back of law enforcement,” said Sheriff Jenkins. “We appreciate him and he appreciates us.”
The sheriffs presented the president with an award to express their gratitude for his support.