Fed-Up Sheriff Unloads On Sanctuary Cities


Illegal immigration affects everyone. That’s the message that one sheriff just delivered to “Fox & Friends” after meeting with President Donald Trump, and he’s sounding a warning for people who insist it’s just a local issue.

On Thursday, Sheriff Chuck Jenkins of Frederick County, Maryland, appeared on Fox to talk about the impact of so-called sanctuary cities and even sanctuary counties that are resisting federal efforts to enforce immigration laws.

According to The Daily Caller, Jenkins had just come back from a meeting at the White House involving himself and several other law enforcement officers from throughout the nation.

“Well, the purpose was bringing sheriffs from across the country to discuss issues involving illegal immigration and border security — what we saw as problems, what we saw as maybe solutions, also talk with his policy staff,” Jenkins said to Fox.

The county that the sheriff knows best is of course his own, and Jenkins used Frederick County, Maryland, as an example of a location you might not expect to have immigration problems yet is nevertheless facing rising challenges.

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“In Frederick County as across the country, listen we’re seeing the impact of illegal immigration crime — the drugs that are pouring into the country,” the top cop explained.

“We talked about border security. We talked about detainers, the issues with criminal detainers. We talked about detention and bed space across the country for (Immigration and Customs Enforcement),” he continued.

Even the infamous border wall made it into the White House conversation.

“We also talked about what we were going to do as far as the strategy for border security,” Jenkins went on. It seems that President Trump was keen to listen to what actual sheriffs throughout the country had to say on these key issues.

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“We all feel the impact of this all across the country,” summarized Jenkins during his interview. “When we have a county or a state that borders us, that’s a sanctuary county, we certainly feel the impact because criminals know no borders.”

That impact has certainly been on display lately. When it comes to both economics and crime, there is a clear connection between unenforced borders and serious problems.

It’s no coincidence that California is struggling with homelessness, health crises, and rising poverty rates at the same time its localities keep declaring themselves sanctuary zones and acting as magnets for illegal aliens pouring across the border.

And high-profile cases like the murder of Mollie Tibbetts have highlighted something the president has repeated for years: Illegal immigrants ignoring the law do not always have the best intentions, and lax enforcement means that there is almost no vetting of who enters the country.

Actions have consequences. It’s easy to dismiss border issues as something that only affects states like Texas and Arizona, but the fact is that it is now impacting every part of the nation in real and sometimes dangerous ways.

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While Democrats are busy calling for federal agencies like ICE to be dismantled, criminal groups like MS-13 are taking advantage of our border chaos. The rise of deadly narcotics like fentanyl is also a major concern, and pretending otherwise is disingenuous.

It’s time to take the situation seriously, and the president is right to listen to voices who know what they’re talking about: America’s sheriffs, who deal with these issues on a daily basis.

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Benjamin Arie is an independent journalist and writer. He has personally covered everything ranging from local crime to the U.S. president as a reporter in Michigan before focusing on national politics. Ben frequently travels to Latin America and has spent years living in Mexico.