Arizona Cochise County Sheriff Mark Dannels expressed excitement Tuesday on “Fox & Friends” about Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ no tolerance policy on illegal immigration and said it will help secure the southern border.
“We’re excited,” Dannels said. “I was in a meeting yesterday in Phoenix with our federal partner from border patrol and other agencies and we discussed this. This brings a component that hasn’t been in the layer at the criminal justice system at the border, where this catch and release and nothing happens. Now we see that there’s going to be a message of consequences … So if you get caught, there’s going to be consequences to that.”
Sessions visited the border near San Diego Monday and announced his new “zero tolerance” policy with regard to illegal crossings. “If you help others do so, that’s a felony,” he said during a speech. “You’re going to the jail.”
Dannels said the federal government has not done enough to ensure results on immigration, but sees this as a step in the right direction.
“That’s something that has been missing for years on the border. I appreciate what they’re doing. Working on the border for over three decades and seeing this missing component of the criminal justice system. Think about this as a federal agent as local law enforcement, sheriffs, that work in this for this quality of life and communities where you get these people that have been caught and nothing happens,” he concluded.
“What a motivation dump to these law enforcement officers. So that fills the gap. We’re excited about that,” he said.
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