‘Enough Is Enough’: More Than 350 Sheriffs From Across The Country Are Asking 1 Thing From Congress

When President Trump promised the construction of a southern border wall, his supporters, law enforcement officials and immigration agents across the country cheered.

More than a year after Trump’s inauguration and despite his continued calls for a wall, Congress has not taken steps to pass legislation funding the wall.

That may soon be about to change as 380 sheriffs from 40 different states recently wrote a letter to congressional legislators requesting one thing: the wall. These law enforcement officials know the importance of the wall and are saying, “Enough is enough.”

“Without border security and immigration reform, more Americans will continue to be victims of crime. Now is the time to act,” the sheriffs said in the letter, per Fox News Insider.

Here’s more:

Bristol County, Massachusetts, Sheriff Thomas Hodgson, who’s leading the push, explained on “Your World” that Congress’ inaction on illegal immigration is impacting law enforcement’s ability to keep their communities safe.

He particularly took aim at sanctuary policies, which he said undermine cooperation between local, state and federal law enforcement, making it harder for America’s sheriffs to protect citizens and legal residents.

“Enough is enough,” Hodgson said. “And the sheriffs are speaking up and joining together with our constituents in our communities and saying, ‘You need to now act, Congress. And let’s stop with this whole blueprint of inaction.'”

Washington Examiner reports Hodgson wants no delay in congressional action and says the nation needs a wall as soon as possible.

“We’re calling on Congress to take action now, on the security issues at the border and against sanctuary policies in our states, cities and towns,” Hodgson said.

And, per Washington Examiner:

Backed by the National Sheriffs Association, he added, “These sanctuary policies, including the laws California enacted, directly undermine and limit cooperation and collaboration between local, state and federal law enforcement, making it harder for America’s sheriffs to protect our citizens and legal residents. In addition, the problem of MS-13 and other gangs that operate back and forth across our borders has become worse because of our failure to secure the border and the continued court-ordered catch and release policies.”

Trump did not get the money he needed for his wall in the recently passed budget. But he has called it a good downpayment and has even suggested having the military help build it.

Meanwhile, the Justice Department has moved aggressively against sanctuary cities with threats to their federal funding.

The sheriffs have long supported Trump’s efforts and this signaled a larger bid to help out on Capitol Hill

“Congress’ inaction undermines sheriffs’ ability to protect our citizens,” National Sheriffs’ Association Executive Director Jonathan Thompson said. “Sheriffs across this country have signed this letter because Congress cannot continue to weaken our efforts to make our communities as safe as possible.”

The letter reads in part:

Dear Member of Congress:

Congress must act to pass legislation to secure our borders through enforcing immigration laws, tightening border security, support the replacement and upgrades to current barriers and fencing and construction of barriers along the U.S. and Mexico international boundary as requested by those areas where it is needed, suspending and/or monitoring the issuance of visas to any place where adequate vetting cannot occur, end criminal cooperation and shelter in cities, counties, and states, and have zero tolerance and increased repercussions for criminal aliens.

I stand firm with my fellow Sheriffs throughout our nation to have our borders secured first, in full cooperation and support of our promise and mission to uphold and enforce our nation’s laws, and we expect nothing less from Congress. As elected Sheriffs, we have taken an oath to do everything in our power to keep our citizens and legal residents, our communities, and our nation safe…

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