A lawman’s perspective on illegal immigration

sheriffAmnesty — “comprehensive immigration reform”, or whatever you want to call it — is on everyone’s mind here in the heat of Campaign 2014.  In fact, congresswoman Renee Ellmers had  a nasty on-air fight with nationally-syndicated conservative radio host Laura Ingraham on the subject.

I caught up with Moore County sheriff Neil Godfrey to get a law enforcement perspective on the debate.  Godfrey told me that the great majority of the immigrant population in his jurisdiction is well-behaved and law-abiding.

He said roughly eight percent of his department’s entire caseload each year involves immigrants with questionable citizenship status. Godfrey said the charges in those cases usually involve things like drugs or drunk driving — with an occasional driving without a license or proper insurance.

The sheriff says he has hired some Spanish-speaking deputies to help with his department’s interaction with the immigrant community.

I asked the sheriff what lawmakers could do to make things easier for law enforcement in dealing with immigration matters:wall

“They could stop the revolving door.  You catch these folks, they get deported, and then they’re right back here. A lot of times, you turn them over to ICE and they take them down to Atlanta for their deportation hearings.  They get bonded out while waiting for the hearing, and then disappear.”

Godfrey says the feds have pretty much told local law enforcement to not bother them with any illegals unless they have been charged with “serious crimes.”  What’s a serious crime?  Significant drug activity or violence, says the sheriff:

“They tell us they don’t have the resources to handle all of them.”




5 thoughts on “A lawman’s perspective on illegal immigration

  1. That 8% non-law abiding in Moore County is considerably higher in our more urban counties and … This doesn’t include the billions in cost to provide all of the “social network services”. The key word, whatever we call the various proposals is “illegal” DUH!

  2. The Federal government is now lawless. Do state and local governments have to follow the federal laws?

  3. Where does it say in the Constitution that anchor babies are automatically citizens?

    Enforce the immigration laws already on the books. Use E-verify. No government benefits for any illegal, including children. NO MORE ANCHOR BABIES. Reduce the number of legal immigrants.

    This country is beyond broke; 17.5 trillion debt and over 100 trillion in unfunded liabilities. Why are we bailing out Mexico?

  4. Brant, those who violate our laws to enter our country illegally are not ”immigrants”. They are illegal aliens or invaders. ”Immigrants” are those who properly and legally apply to immigrate and then come legally.

    It is disgusting that our national government is not enforcing our immigration laws like they should and that the federal courts will not let states do the job. I sympathize with our local law enforcement which would like to enforce those laws but is prevented from doing so.

    We need to elect Congressmen and Senators this year who will get tough on these illegal aliens who are pouring into our country in violation of our laws. We need people like Walter Jones and Greg Brannon, and NOT people like Renee Ellmers or Thom Tillis, who are ”amnesty amigos” who have sold us out to La Raza and Mexico.

  5. Sounds like the above voices of the people just graduated from my course on Legal and Illegal Immigration. These people know more than Elmers and Tillis and unfortunately most of the state and federal legislators. in the country. Go to NumbersUSA.com and send FREE faxes to your representatives, they NEED to hear from you to help counter the pro amnesty groups and educate the Congress.

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