The ad features sheriffs from across the country explaining why they think it's urgent for the president to enforce U.S. immigration laws and for Congress to hold him accountable for his refusal to carry out his constitutional obligation to protect the security of the American people. Featured Sheriffs include Donald Smith from Putnam County, New York; Sam Page from Rockingham County, North Carolina; Mike Chapman from Loudoun County, Virginia, and Ana Franklin from Morgan County, Alabama. The ad says:
"America needs to enforce its immigration laws.
Nobody understands that better than your local sheriffs.
We see the impact of illegal immigration every day.
We see firsthand the dangers of open borders, sanctuary cities and criminal aliens released back onto the streets.
We are your local sheriffs, charged with keeping America safe.
But we need the president and Congress to do their part and start enforcing immigration laws. Lives are depending on it."
Sheriff Smith said he was compelled to speak out on immigration because the American public needs to know that law enforcement officials are increasingly concerned about our lack of border control. "Illegal immigration is an issue that has stayed in the 'too hard to handle' category for far too long. To have millions of people in this country who are here illegally and have no identity, while at the same time, law enforcement works so hard to keep our citizens safe from both criminal activity and the threat of terrorism is mind boggling."
Sheriff Page noted that one of the key issues that motivated him to action on the immigration issue was witnessing the spread of sanctuary policies and how they were jeopardizing public safety. "Municipalities that support sanctuary city concepts create safe zones for criminal illegal aliens and those who choose to violate the laws of the United States of America," he said.
Sheriff Franklin noted that in Alabama, the federal government's unwillingness to enforce immigration laws was being paid for by state and local taxpayers. "Illegal immigration is a huge drain on the services of the communities in which large groups of undocumented aliens reside," she said.
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Founded in 1979, FAIR is the country's largest immigration reform group. With over 250,000 members nationwide, FAIR fights for immigration policies that serve national interests, not special interests. FAIR believes that immigration reform must enhance national security, improve the economy, protect jobs, preserve our environment, and establish a rule of law that is recognized and enforced.
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