"I'm not for sanctuary cities," Sheriff Paul Lamb of Pinal County said. "That's pretty much it in a nutshell."
Pinal County is south of Phoenix with a population of 450,000 residents of diverse ethnic backgrounds: black, white, Hispanic and Native Americans.
Lamb's jail deputies are cross-trained as ICE agents. This allows them to question and determine an inmate's immigration status right on the spot and allows for a seamless transition of criminal aliens from the Pima County courthouse or jail to ICE custody for deportation if they are in the U.S. illegally.
The four jail deputies trained in the ICE 287g program allows them to enforce immigration laws. President Trump hopes to expand the program across the country.
"Ultimately their goal is the same as ours--public safety," said David Marin, the ICE director in Los Angeles. "Those sheriffs and law enforcement agencies realize that by turning over these criminal aliens to us, they're not going to be able to go out and commit additional crimes."
"My job is to keep the people of Pinal County safe," Lamb said. "The 287g program allows me to make sure I'm not putting criminals back in the community."
Gee, that's not a bad idea.
Unlike leftist politicians, who are rarely ever affected personally by their political decisions, Lamb apparently cares as much for the safety of others as he does for himself. Liberals only pretend they do.
The deputies who underwent the 287g program have access into the DHS computers and can immediately determine the inmates' legal status. Pinal County honors ICE warrants and will call ICE when an inmate is preparing to leave jail. That way, he or she will not endanger Americans and will eventually be deported to their native country.
"This county cares about illegal immigration and it's my job to make sure that we work with our federal partners to uphold the law," Lamb said. This includes the Border Patrol, which works with the county's anti-smuggling unit.