Nearly 3,000 sheriffs from across the country are joining together and warning lawmakers in Washington that maybe they don’t know what is best when it comes to immigration and its costs on local communities.
These sheriffs are collectively warning House and Senate negotiators to reject the current immigration deal they are negotiating as it would allow for the release of over 8,300 criminal immigrants back onto the streets.
“This dangerous congressional proposal not only jeopardizes the risk of our national security, but hinders our law enforcement officers from effectively enforcing and upholding the law and protecting their communities,” the National Sheriffs’ Association and the Major County Sheriffs of America said in a letter to the D.C. lawmakers, as the Washington Examiner reports.
The deal is a bad one, the sheriffs explain in the letter, as it also does not include any money for the construction of a new border wall. It also caps the number of immigrants the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement can detain.
From the Washington Examiner:
According to reports, the emerging deal does not include the money President Trump wants for a physical wall, and it does not include the number of beds Immigration and Customs Enforcement said it needs to house illegal immigrants arrested inside the United States.
Most of those arrested inside the U.S. have criminal records, convictions and have been deported before. The sheriffs suggested that those released often never return for court dates.
“Capping the number of detention beds utilized by ICE not only jeopardizes the integrity of the immigration system, but would cripple ICE’s ability to detain criminal aliens and other aliens who pose a risk to public safety or are a flight risk,” said the two letters signed by Sheriff John Layton, president of the National Sheriffs’ Association, Sheriff Grady Judd, president of the Major County Sheriffs of America, and Sheriff Mike Bouchard, vice president of governmental affairs for Major County Sheriffs of America.
According to the report, the letter from the sheriffs’ associations was addressed to Republican Senator Richard Shelby, Democrat Senator Patrick Leahy, Republican Congresswoman Kay Granger, and Democrat Congresswoman Nita Lowey.
Read the letter below:
“Any legislation that reduces ICE’s detention capacity 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. In order to meet the cap being tentatively proposed by Congress, ICE would be compelled to release thousands of aliens from custody. To achieve the 16,500 adult average detainee population (ADP) caps for the remaining 7 months of the fiscal year, a net reduction of 9,264 adults by the end of this fiscal year would be required.
“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.”