Sheriff Joe: 2 out of 5 Thousand People Turned Over to ICE End Up Back in Jail

Maricopa County, AZ Sheriff Joe Arpaio (R) said that out of the 5,000 people turned over the Immigrants and Customs Enforcement out of his jails, “2,000 have been coming back” on Monday’s “Your World with Neil Cavuto” on the Fox News Channel.

Arpaio, who in October 2014 said that 36% out of “4,000 people in our jails for state crimes in the last eight months” keep coming back, stated, “I have ICE agents in our jail. We check everybody that comes in, then detainers are placed for those here illegally on state charges, turn them over to ICE, and guess what? Out of 5,000, 2,000 have been coming back to my jails, all serious types of crime. One guy came back 20 times. So, evidently they keep crossing the border, or the ICE is letting them out on the streets. That’s another problem.” He added that he would support cutting off federal funding to sanctuary cities.

Arpaio said that the reception for Donald Trump’s even in Phoenix was “pretty good. We had about eight, ten thousand people, they were all cheering. They like his openness. They — I think he took a little heat on some semantics, but he still has a lot of good ideas on the drug traffic and illegal immigration problem coming across the border.”

He added, “everybody talks about illegal immigration, every election, the politicians talk, nothing’s ever done. So, I hope one day laws will be passed, or re-enforced and let’s really get down it to and do something about it. It’s a political problem, and we can’t seem to solve it.”

Arpaio added that while he wasn’t sure who to blame for the death of Kate Steinle, there is a “system that has to be alleviated, and more coordination and more cooperation.”

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