That is what Frederick County Sheriff Chuck Jenkins told a gathering in Washington, DC this past week. Frederick County is the only Maryland county that participates in all federally sanctioned illegal immigration control programs. (Hat tip: Cecil Calvert)
From Southern Maryland online:
WASHINGTON (October 13, 2011) — Frederick County Sheriff Chuck Jenkins Wednesday joined other law enforcement officials on Capitol Hill to laud a strict immigration enforcement program that some groups have criticized as ineffective.
“This is about the rule of law,” Jenkins said. “This is about saving America. This is about public safety and national security.”
In 2008, the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office became authorized to act as field agent for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement under the 287(g) program. Since then, 965 individuals have been detained in Frederick County with 940 of those transferred to federal officials, according to Jenkins.
Wednesday’s meeting was sponsored by the Center for Immigration Studies and House Immigration Reform Caucus to highlight issues law enforcement officials face with illegal immigration, including drug-running, gangs and homicides.
The sheriffs all said securing the border must become a top national priority.
The others attending the program were: Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa; North Carolina county sheriffs Alan Jones, Graham Atkinson, Sam Page, Rick Oliver, Tracy Carter and Terry Johnson; Sioux County, Iowa, Sheriff Dan Altena; Chief Deputy Steve Henry of Pinal County, Ariz., and Jessica Vaughn with the Center for Immigration Studies, a nonprofit immigration research group.
Frederick County is the only Maryland jurisdiction to participate in the program in which local law enforcement agencies partner with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to act as field agents.
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