Tough Local Sheriff Heads to Border to View Immigration Issues Firsthand

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FREDERICK, Md. — A Maryland sheriff known for his tough stance on illegal immigration says he’s visiting the U.S-Mexico border to get a firsthand look at the influx of unaccompanied children entering the United States.

Frederick County Sheriff Chuck Jenkins said Monday he’s joining sheriffs from five other counties across the nation this week on a “fact-finding mission” sponsored by the Federation for American Immigration Reform. The Washington-based group advocates a temporary moratorium on almost all immigration until America develops a comprehensive immigration reform strategy.

Under Jenkins’ management, Frederick County deputies have been trained to check the immigration status of people they arrest.

The Republican sheriff has pushed for a state law that would require local police to question the immigration status of people they suspect may be here illegally.

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