The 287(g) or ICE program has been in the news for the past few weeks about an audit of this program and of the cost in maintaining it. Sheriff Jenkins and his department are one of the few law enforcement agencies in the whole country to enforce federal immigration laws.
As I see it, all the other police departments are aiding and abetting the breaking of a federal law.
A letter published Aug. 22 written by Deborah Carter (Frederick County Democratic chair) disputes figures from a letter written by Craig Giangrande (Frederick County Republican Central Committee chair) about the number of violent gang members and other criminals removed from Frederick and deported via the ICE program.
Giangrande says 100 violent gang members were removed and deported. Carter says 72 gang members and 31 suspected gang members removed and deported.
What difference do the numbers make? They are gone, and we are a safer community. If only one person in this community was saved from being assaulted or murdered by arresting and deporting the illegal gang members, then it is well worth any cost.
So let me say to Jan Gardner and the County Council in deciding if the cost of the 287(g) program is too much, what price do you put on a human life?
The lawsuit against the sheriff’s department by Santos and Medrano for a million dollars is ludicrous.
I thought if law officers thought someone may have committed a crime and then that person runs, they had a right to question them.
When did we start rewarding someone who had broken a law with money? It seems like the county government is leaning toward making Frederick County a sanctuary county like our neighbor Montgomery County.
Sheriff Jenkins is doing a good job of controlling the crime in Frederick County, so let him do his job.
George R. Sterling