In speaking out against the bipartisan “Gang of Eight” immigration bill at a Capitol Hill press conference on Thursday, Sheriff Sam Page of Rockingham County, North Carolina said Mexican drug cartels are active in his county despite its geographical distance from the border.
“In the United States, our borders are not secure,” Page, also a member of the leadership of the National Sheriffs Association, said.
“As a sheriff in North Carolina who’s travelled to the border more than once, I’ve seen it myself and worked with officials there, I can’t understand why the representatives in Washington can’t figure it out. It’s not secure.
“When drug trafficking cartels end up in Rockingham County, two to three days from the border, with weapons, drugs and money, and they’re housed up in our county, that concerns me. I am a border sheriff also, in North Carolina.”
Page and the law enforcement officials at the Thursday press conference argued that the “Gang of Eight” bill does not actually secure the border, and that without real border security, the plan means nothing.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents’ union president Chris Crane said the Gang of Eight bill “will put the public safety at risk without doubt.”
“It fails on interior enforcement, it’s amnesty first, enforcement perhaps never,” Crane said.