NC sheriff marshals opposition to Gang of 8

A North Carolina sheriff is sounding the alarm about immigration enforcement and calling on other law enforcement officials and lawmakers to oppose the Senate immigration bill.

Rockingham Sherriff Sam Page has been a vocal opponent of the Gang of Eight’s immigration reform plan, saying it lacks a focus and real solutions to immigration enforcement.

Page, co-chair of the National Sheriffs Association’s Border Security and Immigration Committee, has taken his message to the White House, halls of Congress, and embarked on a letter-writing campaign against the legislation.

He and nearly 40 other North Carolina sheriffs have signed onto a coalition letter against the Senate immigration bill, with Immigration and Customs Enforcement union head Chris Crane, the Citizenship and Immigration Services union head Kenneth Palinkas, and dozens of other sheriffs across the country.

Page explained that one of the reasons he felt the need to advocate for immigration enforcement was what he has been seeing in his North Carolina county — hundreds of miles from the border.

“We were starting to make arrests in the past several years of persons that were associated with the Mexican drug cartel in North Carolina — in my county,” Page said in an interview with The Daily Caller. “And I said when we can arrest 12 people who are directly associated with the Mexican drug cartels, lots of drugs, lots of cash, lots of AR-15 rifles, I said, ‘You know what? We’ve got to do something. Are we really protecting our borders the way we should be?’”

“I’ve always felt Homeland Security begins at our borders. And if we fail to protect the borders of our country — this country, America — if we fail to protect our borders, each sheriff in America will become a border sheriff,” he said.

North Carolina has one of the largest populations of undocumented immigrants in the country, Page explained.