Chuck Jenkins and Jeff Sessions

Frederick County Sheriff Chuck Jenkins with Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday at the National Summit on Crime Reduction and Public Safety in Bethesda.

Sheriff Chuck Jenkins touted Frederick County’s immigration enforcement program at a national conference of law enforcement professionals, a group that included Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

The Department of Justice invited Jenkins to speak about the 287(g) program Tuesday at the National Summit on Crime Reduction and Public Safety in Bethesda.

Under the 287(g) agreement, sheriff’s deputies inquire about the country of origin and immigration status of all people booked into the Frederick County Adult Detention Center. They are also authorized to hold inmates on U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainers.

The Frederick County jail handled 1,478 ICE detainers from the program’s inception in 2008 to May 31, 2017, according to the sheriff’s office. About 60 of those people were verified as gang members, the office said.

“My goal was to go down there and reinforce ... how well [the program is] working,” Jenkins said. “It really swept away some of the misconceptions.”

Jenkins said that some of the other law enforcement personnel did not realize that 287(g) immigration enforcement takes place only at the jail, not in the streets. He also clarified that his office has no authority over the program, but instead cooperates with ICE, which is responsible for enforcing federal immigration law.

Critics at a recent demonstration against the program derided the ICE partnership as anti-immigrant and a policy that makes the immigrant community reluctant to work with law enforcement because of the fear of deportation. Jenkins has frequently responded that there was no basis for either criticism.

The presentation was an exchange of ideas, Jenkins said, and did not reflect any future policy changes. He noted, however, that with the Trump administration’s focus on immigration enforcement, “you’re going to see more and more agencies get involved with it.”

The sheriff of Jackson County, Texas, A.J. “Andy” Louderback, agreed late in 2016 to enter the 287(g) program this year, Jenkins said.

The presentation was a chance for Jenkins to chat and pose for a photo with keynote speaker Sessions, whom he had met when Sessions was a senator.

“I was honored to meet him and shake his hand,” Jenkins said. “The one takeaway from this whole summit is that this administration will support law enforcement.”

During the two-day summit, which is planned to become an annual meeting, Jenkins attended several worksessions, including one on criminal gang cases, which he said was particularly informative. He declined to go into specifics about what he learned because he considered it sensitive information.

“The whole dynamic of criminal gangs has changed,” he said. “They are gonna decimate MS-13.”

In prepared remarks, Sessions outlined the goal of the summit as facilitating cooperation between federal, state and local law enforcement. Topics included ways to reduce gang activity, using intelligence to catch violent criminals, improving homicide investigations and other issues.

He took a hard-line approach to immigration enforcement in his speech, noting that in March he directed federal prosecutors to make it a priority. He also mentioned the new federal policy of charging the harshest offenses possible.

The attorney general’s office did not respond to a request for comment.

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(72) comments

secpol1970

Finally a sheriff that will do his job. Last thing we need is another sanctuary place.

annonuser

Sheriff J looks so funny on that striped monkey suit.

jcramer

In reality, what Sheriff Jenkins is doing by using the 287g program, is forcing more people to stay in the shadows, unable to find jobs that would actually contribute to Frederick and therefore have to resort to gang activity for their livelihood. The 287g program only serves to make whatever gang related problems as well as drug problems such as the heroin epidemic, worse.

KellyAlzan

The gang problem has gotten worse since the 287Q stuff

jcramer

Exactly. Jenkins' use of the 287g program isn't working and is making Frederick less safe. If after years of using the program, why do we still have problems with gangs? Why is there still a heroin crisis in Frederick? This is an abysmal failure on the part on Sheriff Jenkins.

bosco

So it' OK to hire people here illegally and if we don't they will become gang bangers?

DeplorableLocalVeteran

We appreciate you forcing Obama to produce his birth certificate, now it's time for you to deliver on your word to deliver the FLOTUS immigration papers unless.

jerseygrl42

Thank GOD we have a dedicated sheriff who believes in the rule of law....and he and his deputies do their very best to keep the citizens of Frederick safe ! Somehow the rule of law has faded in the minds of the sanctuary supporters and open borders folk.....shameful ...we are the most immigrant supportive country in the world taking in more than a million every year LEGALLY....illegals cost us more that $200 BILLION and a subset of them commit more than 3 MILLION crimes annually according to the FBI and GAO and it must be stopped ...Build the Wall!

b1sellers

same old tired lies

gary4books

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duffy5x

Care to share what white collar crime has destroyed in America? Yeah, I didn't think so.

vodalone

"Jenkins said that some of the other law enforcement personnel did not realize that 287(g) immigration enforcement takes place only at the jail, not in the streets. He also clarified that his office has no authority over the program"
This is the key point, currently it's not enforced in the streets but since his office has no authority over the program it can easily be rewritten to include enforcement in the streets and Jenkins would be powerless to not comply.
At the end of the day, it's simple. People like Jenkins and Sessions are in the business of keeping America as Anglo-Saxon white as they can.

DeplorableLocalVeteran

Not entirely true the GOP is more than willing to allow wealthy Muslims, Africans, Indians, Chinese and Jews to immigrate to the USA to take away white Christian's economic opportunities.

b1sellers

"At the end of the day, it's simple. People like Jenkins and Sessions are in the business of keeping America as Anglo-Saxon white as they can."
Yep. Our local racist met with the head racist. Frederick (Fedick, as the locals say) should be so proud.

teapartier

You must be a fredickian.

b1sellers

Technically no. While I have lived here most of my life I did not start out here. The "real fredickian's" are born here.

phydeaux994

Perhaps they're here to try to change things CD. It's a great place to live but it's not perfect. Some of the old imperfections still linger.

teapartier

I don't believe he or she thinks that "Fredickians" are terrible. I think he or she is feeling disinfranchised from that title because he or she was not born in Fredick.My suggestion would be to pettion the Fredick historical committee and ask for the "born here" requirement to be relaxed. Somewhere in the line of if you have lived 51% of your adult life in Fredick you are eligible and can be legally called a "Fredickian".

DeplorableLocalVeteran

For a 500k investment into Kushner foreigners can get an EB5 visa and a clear path to citizenship and the opportunity to hire Americans to be thier servants this will MAGA !

stjohn42

A picture of two old dudes who want govern like its 1955. They should retire before Trump loots the Social Security trust fund and decamps to Venezuela.

Hayduke2

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DeplorableLocalVeteran

Apparently if you invest enough money with Jared you can on the GOP fast track to the American Dream, tax cuts and access to Trump while the rest of us fight over the trickle down scraps.

Whoknows

First and foremost, the US is a land of law and order! Come here legally or don't come at all. The risk and potential consequences falls on the shoulders of illegals if the legal process is not followed. Shame on those of you who think the US should be a sanctuary for illegals and that tax payers should foot the bill! Our tax money should be spent on issues and needs of the LEGAL citizens of this country! If you are a legal citizen of this country, ask yourself, do you break laws and are therefore rewarded? I think the answer is no.

shiftless88

Trump broke laws and now he's the President.

DickD

It is doubtful if his current wife came here legally!

b1sellers

Was thinking the same thing shiftless.

DeplorableLocalVeteran

I agree so when can expect the POTUS to deliver on his promise to produce the Flouts immigration paper work?

DeplorableLocalVeteran

Trump called for Obama to release his birth certificate for years and now California State Senator Nancy Skinner called on the president to release papers related to the first lady's work visa from when she first came to the U.S.

Back in November, an AP investigation, found that in 1996 Mrs. Trump was paid over $20 thousand dollars for taking modeling jobs seven weeks before she had legal permission to do so.

phydeaux994

There are millions of U.S. Citizens who love having illegal aliens here. Why, you ask? Because if it wasn't for illegal aliens they would be out of business. They are the employers of illegal aliens. Even here in Frederick County. Sheriff Jenkins knows who they are and looks the other way.

Samanthapowers

Frederick has its own David Clark wannabe.

DeplorableLocalVeteran

Isn't it odd that Trumps favorite blacks republicans David Clark and Omarosa Manigualt are linked to academic fraud or plagiarism? I though that the GOP was about legitimate academic credentials and personal responsibility not set asides and racial quotas.

DeplorableLocalVeteran

The top US law enforcement official in America might be indicted by the EDVA at anytime. Trump might be right when he charterized the USA as not a model of moral perfection. If our top law enforcement officer might be dirty and doesn't have the POTUS full confidence then why should anyone?

public-redux

Anyone know what that thing on Sessions' left sleeve is? I don't recall ever seeing that on the sleeve of any previous Attorney General.

teapartier

He is partially blocking the projection image on the screen behind him. It has a logo and then the Imm..on his sleeve and the rest of the word on the screen.

richardlyons

Personally, I think Chuck needs another stripe or two on his uniform sleeve. Five does not seem. Heck a Navy Captain has four, surely our sheriff deserve 6, 7 or even 8! Hobnobbing with the AG, that has to count for an extra stripe.

Hayduke2

Maybe even a few more medals of some type.

DeplorableLocalVeteran

Most honest white people I know are not under FBI investigation, let alone two, or associate with persons who are.

gary4books

I am reminded of "Birds of a feather..." And am surprised. Cautious people are waiting to see where all the investigations lead us.

richardlyons

or "the company you keep".

DeplorableLocalVeteran

Republicans rather invest in inmates, tax cuts for wealthy foreigns and Islamic nation building, democrats rather invest in struggling US workers healthcare and poor US children economic opportunities. Republicans are inherently unAmerican.

Fawned

I'm embarrassed that he represented Frederick County at this summit

public-redux

Did one of my fellow, local, Republicans give Sessions that yellow tie?

DickD

Yellow certainly has symbolism.

teapartier

Yellow, the color of sunshine, hope, and happiness, has conflicting associations. On one hand yellow stands for freshness, happiness, positivity, clarity, energy, optimism, enlightenment, remembrance, intellect, honor, loyalty, and joy, but on the other, it represents cowardice and deceit. Which path do you take?

DickD

Ask Sessions, Tea and then realize Sessions has already lied two or three times under oath.
http://www.towleroad.com/2017/06/richard-burt/
Richard Burt, an American lobbyist for Russian interests,confirmed to The Guardian that he attended two dinners with Jeff Sessions at the height of the 2016 campaign, a disclosure that appears to contradict Sessions’ sworn testimony:
Sessions testified under oath on Tuesday that he did not believe he had any contacts with lobbyists working for Russian interests over the course of Trump’s campaign. But Richard Burt, a former ambassador to Germany during the Reagan administration, who has represented Russian interests in Washington, told the Guardian that he could confirm previous media reports that stated he had contacts with Sessions at the time.

And the meetings were not about nothing:
Burt, who previously served on the advisory board of Alfa Capital Partners, a private equity fund where Russia’s Alfa Bank was an investor and last year was lobbying on behalf of a pipeline company that is now controlled by Gazprom, Russia’s state-controlled energy conglomerate, first told Politico in October that he had been invited to two dinners that were hosted by Sessions last summer, at the height of the presidential campaign.

Sessions, a former senator for Alabama who was chairman of the Trump campaign’s national security committee, reportedly invited Burt so that he could discuss issues of national security and foreign policy.

http://www.factcheck.org/2017/03/did-sessions-lie/

http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/02/politics/luis-gutierrez--sessions-russia-controversy-erin-burnett-cnntv/index.html

public-redux

Maybe J. W. Posey had an extra yellow tie.

teapartier

Is this the same J.W. Posey a lawyer from Monroeville Ala who was characterized as good, reliable and trustworthy?

public-redux

no.

teapartier

Which one?

teapartier

I think I have it narrowed down to two possibilities. 1) it was the tie belonging to the photographer who took the picture
Or 2) it was the tie belonging to the person who was operating the PowerPoint projector used in the prenstation.

public-redux

The one who gave a yellow tie to Bud Otis last week.

DeplorableLocalVeteran

Frederick County doesn't have an serious immigration problem it has an exploding heroin and illegal opioid epidemic that's been mismanaged and ignored. And now the GOP is going to worsen the problem by locking up non violent offenders, cutting Medicaid and drug treatment opportunities which will increase taxes and increase crime.

b1sellers

You are right about that DLV. Yesterdays paper had 2 drug overdose deaths in the obits.

DeplorableLocalVeteran

Jeff Sessions has hired Charles Cooper as his attorney, Cooper’s former colleague is Rachel Brand the current #3 at DOJ. How many 70+ year old people you know had to hired lawyers in criminal matters that weren't guilty of committing a crime?

KellyAlzan

All people named in such investigations hire attorneys. As was the case when bill Clinton was investigated.

DeplorableLocalVeteran

I agree politicians under criminal investigation usually hire lawyers especially guilty ones like Bill Clinton. All veterans and Americans should feel betrayed that a former member of the US Armed Services Committee would mask multiple collaborations with a former Soviet spy recruiter and while Russia is threatening our troops and arming our adversaries to kill American sons and daughters. Do you people really love the GOP more than you support the military?

KellyAlzan

Within the last two weeks The Washington Post did a story about how any staffer connected to Bill Clinton had to hire private counsel at their own expense, and how this would also be the case for anyone connected to Trump.

If I'm not mistaken, I believe the clintons did a fund raiser to help people re-coup money.

DeplorableLocalVeteran

Trump, Pence and Sessions and Jared all lawyered up because they are all under investigation by their OWN administration. [ohmy]

bicep42

You can't defend the trumpcabal so the attempt at deflection is ALWAYS to disparage the Clintons or President Obama. It's time to get some fresh material.

DeplorableLocalVeteran

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DeplorableLocalVeteran

I don't believe anyone who bears true faith and allegiance to America would associate with persons who lie or misrepresent themselves on thier SF86 or meet clandestinely with Russian spies. Sessions has not been forthcoming with the American People on his relationship with a nation that we are about to go to war with and our sheriff appears to be carrying his water.

armillary

Suck it in Chuck! Good photo!

KellyAlzan

Last week gdunn and someone else told me that the fcso never asked anyone their immigration status on the street.

And then I posted the same link that dick just posted below.

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KellyAlzan

some folks take the commenting a 'lil too seriously to the point that it controls their life

DickD

Sounds like Jenkins has forgotten Roxanna.
https://www.fredericknewspost.com/opinion/letter_to_editor/g-hurts-frederick-county/article_725fd31e-da9e-5cdb-b415-9b8212ea0bf7.html


"Roxana Santos is a native of El Salvador who moved to the United States in 2006. On an October morning in 2008, she sat on a curb behind the Common Market food co-op, where she worked as a dishwasher. She was eating lunch while waiting for her shift to begin. Two deputy sheriffs were on a routine patrol of the area. They detained and arrested Santos on a civil immigration warrant shortly after making contact with her.

Roxana Santos is a native of El Salvador who moved to the United States in 2006. On an October morning in 2008, she sat on a curb behind the Common Market food co-op, where she worked as a dishwasher. She was eating lunch while waiting for her shift to begin. Two deputy sheriffs were on a routine patrol of the area. They detained and arrested Santos on a civil immigration warrant shortly after making contact with her."

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DickD

CD, you missed the point, Jenkins claims only those arrested and taken to jail will be questioned. And the courts ruled that she has rights, legal immigrant or not.

Thewheelone

It looks like CD is having a tough time being read today!!

DickD

Yeah, all of CD's remarks are gone - gone with the wind or perhaps the censors. Makes you wonder what he said, probably better we don't.

KellyAlzan

the mods need to be a little more proactive with banning the trolls.....

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DickD

"Santos appealed this decision to the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals. The 4th Circuit found that the deputies violated Santos’s rights under the Fourth Amendment when they seized her after learning that she was the subject of a civil immigration warrant, in the absence of authorization or direction from the Department of Homeland Security. The 4th Circuit also held that Frederick County did not have qualified immunity, which means that Santos can seek monetary damages against Frederick County."

DeplorableLocalVeteran

Maybe it's time for the King to break up the liberal Fourth Circuit?

secpol1970

She broke the law herself. Fine we will send the check to her home country.

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