A Texas sheriff has grown tired of open borders advocates who lobby for sanctuary cities where criminal illegals are welcomed with open arms, and he is speaking out. Jackson County Sheriff Andy Louderback — who is a four-term sheriff, former Sheriffs Association of Texas president, and current legislative director living in Jackson County — has six words for illegal alien-loving liberals and their sanctuary cities.
In a new op-ed for The Hill, Texas Sheriff Andy Louderback outlines the many reasons which sanctuary cities are a terrible idea, for both American citizens, legal immigrants, and those who invade our borders illegally. According to Fox News, the sheriff wants Texas’ “sanctuary city crackdown to go nationwide.”
“State and local governments cooperate with federal law enforcement officials in every area except for immigration,” writes Louderback. “Today when it comes to immigration enforcement hundreds of communities across the nation have prohibited information sharing between local police and Immigration and Customs and Enforcement (ICE), a clear break from what Congress intended in the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996,” he explains.
“The IIRIA specifically states that a federal, state or local government entity may not prohibit another government entity from sending or receiving information about an individual’s immigration status,” adds the sheriff.
“Sanctuary policies create a neon welcome sign for illegal aliens,” he writes. “But laws like Texas’ anti-sanctuary city law S.B. 4 turn that light off. This law should be a model for other jurisdictions across the country when it comes to cracking down on sanctuary policies and boosting the relationships between state, local and federal law enforcement officials,” he adds.
“As an elected Texas sheriff who works along one of the biggest human trafficking corridors in the country — U.S. 59 — having a working relationship with immigration officials is essential to tackle this massive problem,” continues Louderback.
“If more municipalities were held accountable for the actions of criminal aliens after they’re released from police custody with an active ICE detainer request, you would see far fewer jurisdictions with sanctuary policies,” write Louderback. “As a law enforcement official, I feel personally responsible for the lives of everyone in my county, and Texas’ new sanctuary cities law gives me the tools I need to do my job,” the sheriff boldly declares.
“Thomas Homan, President Trump’s nominee to lead ICE, recently stated that almost 10,000 criminal aliens who have been released onto the streets have committed another crime,” continues the sheriff. “Further, sanctuary city policies will have the very consequences their supporters seek to avoid,” he points out.
“Those who push for sanctuary city policies argue that it is necessary to ensure ‘families stay together’ and that immigrants ‘feel free to report crimes,'” he goes on. “However, Homan has made it clear that if jurisdictions want to shield criminal aliens from immigration enforcement, ICE will be forced to put more resources towards conducting at-large arrests in communities,” Louderback warns.
“In September during Operation ‘Safe City,’ ICE agents arrested nearly 500 criminal aliens,” writes Louderback. “The majority of these aliens had prior convictions in sanctuary cities where ICE detainers are not honored. San Francisco again made the news, this time, because ICE agents arrested a criminal alien who had previously been charged with sexually assaulting an underage girl,” he furthers.
“Poor coordination between local law enforcement agencies and immigration officials also has dire ramifications in the war on terror,” Louderback goes on. “We learned this lesson from 9/11, when it was discovered that two of the terrorists with immigration violations had come into contact with state and local law enforcement officials before the attacks happened.”
“Because of the limited number of federal immigration enforcement officials across the country, state and local law enforcement officers are boots on the ground and should able to assist ICE in immigration enforcement efforts,” he adds.
“As a law enforcement professional on the front lines of the effort to keep our border and nation safe, policies that impede communication and cooperation between local governments and federal immigration authorities are an affront to our collective duty to protect the security of the American people,” writes Louderback.
“Texas has taken an important step toward ensuring that government at all levels work together to identify, apprehend, and remove people who violate our laws,” he furthers. “It is time for the rest of the country to catch up.”
Those on the left who advocate for open borders would do well to read Sheriff Louderback’s words; he knows what he’s talking about, while they do not. Sanctuary cities aren’t just a “neon sign” for illegals as Louderback suggests, they pose a life-threatening hazard for the law enforcement officers tasked with keeping them safe.
Truly, though, a sanctuary city can never be a safe city for American citizens, no matter how many officers are on patrol. How many American lives will have to be lost before liberals see that? I almost don’t even want to know the answer to that question.