FREDERICK, Md. (WNEW/AP) — After visiting the U.S-Mexico border to get a firsthand look at the influx of unaccompanied children entering the United States, a Maryland sheriff known for his tough stance on illegal immigration says the thousands of children who have made it into the country should be sent back.
Frederick County Sheriff Chuck Jenkins also says the only way to control the problem is a full military deployment along the border.
Jenkins and sheriffs from six other counties across the nation left last 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. It has been labeled a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
“I’ll stand on my decision to go,” Jenkins says. “I think it was time well-spent. I don’t take much time for myself but I thought this was in the best interest of our county, our citizens… I don’t apologize for it.”
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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