Sheriffs Issue Warning Against Caving to Dems’ Demands at the Border: ‘This Really Is a Catastrophe’

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Several sheriffs made their way to Washington, D.C., to call on Congress to fully fund Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and stop a Democratic proposal to limit the capacity of immigrant detention centers.

Progress toward a bipartisan funding package for border security stalled over the weekend due to a dispute between Republicans and Democrats over the use of detention centers at the border. Democrats have called for there to be fewer beds in ICE detention centers, which would effectively limit the number of immigrants that could be arrested at the border.

According to one sheriff, that would be a “catastrophe.”

“We are at wit’s end on this,” Bristol County, Massachusetts, Sheriff Thomas M. Hodgson said during a meeting with the House Freedom Caucus. “This really is a catastrophe.”

As the Washington Examiner reported Friday, a group of nearly 60 sheriffs traveled to D.C. because they believe the Democrats’ proposal to limit the capacity of ICE detention centers could result in the release of as many as 8,300 criminals. They claimed that around 90 percent of the people detained in these centers have criminal records.

Immigrant children now housed in a tent encampment under the new “zero tolerance” policy by the Trump administration are shown walking in single file at the facility near the Mexican border in Tornillo, Texas, U.S. June 19, 2018. REUTERS/Mike Blake/File Photo

Hodgson believes that this policy, if passed by Congress, could result in more crime occurring in the United States.

“We’d have to release these people to go out and commit more crimes,” he said. “[…] They put our people at risk just to take care of their political agenda.”

In a letter obtained by the Washington Examiner, a group of around 3,000 sheriffs asked Republicans to stand firm against the Democratic proposal to reduce funding of ICE. They claimed that limits on ICE detention facilities would “hinder its ability to perform its national security and public safety missions, but also impact local law enforcement’s ability to protect the communities they serve”:

Approximately 72 percent of ICE’s current detention population is subject to mandatory detention due to the alien having certain convictions or having committed certain acts. Over 90 percent of ICE’s arrests are aliens who have a criminal conviction, have been arrested for a criminal offense, or have been previously removed. Placing a cap on ICE detention beds will undermine the efficacy of the immigration system and reduce the number of aliens who are removed from the United States.

Democrats and Republicans have until Friday to pass a spending bill for border security or the government will re-enter a partial shutdown. With strong disagreements on the need for a border wall and the use of ICE detention centers, it looks as though that deal has a long way to go before both sides will agree.

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WHY waste taxpayer money to “detain” the ILLEGAL INVADERS? Shouldn’t they be loaded in semi-trucks and taken back to the border and escorted (at gun point) out of the United States?

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