Sheriffs Criticize Immigration Reform Bill

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by Casie Kolbinsky

CHARLOTTE, N.C.--A group of sheriffs from across the country are criticizing the Immigration Reform Bill at the National Sheriff's Association Convention in Charlotte.

The sheriffs say politicians are ignoring concerns about weapons offenses and drug trafficking and that the current immigration bill doesn't do enough to track down people who are already living in the United States illegally.

"Right now, our immigration agents' hands are tied," Rockingham County Sheriff Sam Page said. "They can't do their job. They're restricted from the higher ups. And we as law enforcement officers have no legal authority to enforce immigration law."

Currently, the immigration bill provides pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.

A Senate proposal adds 700 miles of fencing and tens of thousands of agents along the U.S./Mexico border. 

 

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