With the effort to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border seemingly stalled in Washington, the National Sheriffs’ Association is looking to help break the logjam by raising funds for the project, FOX NEWS reports.
In a Wednesday news release, Sheriff Sam Page of North Carolina chastised Congress for its “(refusal) to act on the security aspects of immigration reform, as thus, have done nothing to stop the flow of drugs such as Heroin, into our neighborhoods.”
Page said Congress’ inaction prompted the nation’s sheriffs to “come together and act for the safety of the people we have sworn to protect.”
“Without border security and immigration reform, more Americans will continue to be victims of crime,” the homepage reads. “Now is the time to act! Secure our borders!”
We wanted to clear up some confusion – we received a couple emails regarding a possible GoFundMe account for the border wall associated with the National Sheriffs’ Association. The ONLY NSA-affiliated fund for border security is at https://www.sheriffswall.org .
Congress must act to pass legislation to secure our borders through enforcing immigration laws,
tightening border security, support the replacement and upgrades to current barriers and fencing and
construction of barriers along the U.S. and Mexico international boundary as requested by those
areas where it is needed, suspending and/or monitoring the issuance of visas to any place where
adequate vetting cannot occur, end criminal cooperation and shelter in cities, counties, and states,
and have zero tolerance and increased repercussions for criminal aliens.
I stand firm with my fellow Sheriffs throughout our nation to have our borders secured first, in full
cooperation and support of our promise and mission to uphold and enforce our nation’s laws, and
we expect nothing less from Congress.
As elected Sheriffs, we have taken an oath to do everything in our power to keep our citizens and
legal residents, our communities, and our nation safe. Year after year, we have been warning the
Federal government about detrimental increases in transnational drug trafficking, gang violence, sex
trafficking, murder, and other escalating incidents of crime by illegal aliens entering our country.
Because Congress has failed to enact the necessary reforms, our citizens and legal residents face
even greater dangers, our national security is more vulnerable, and our enforcement efforts have
been seriously compromised.
The Sheriff and all those in law enforcement should never forget that he or she has a calling to be “a minister of God for good.” Rom 13:4 For those who have the privilege of serving as a County Sheriff, it is truly a privilege and Honor to Serve.
Chris “Badger” Thomas is a Veteran who served our country as an Army Combat Medic.