A group of sheriffs is looking to mobilize their peers around the country to gather in Washington, D.C. to call on Congress and the Obama administration to secure the border.
According to a letter from Bristol County, Massachusetts Sheriff Thomas M. Hodgson, obtained by National Review, Hodgson is looking to convene fellow sheriffs at the Capitol on Dec. 10 to “encourage immediate action” to secure the border “once and for all.”
“Never before in our nation’s history has it been so important for the American sheriffs to stand united and speak with one voice to secure our nation’s borders,” Hodgson writes in his missive. “No longer can we sit idle while the inaction of our Federal Government marginalizes our ability to preserve public safety, enforce our laws, and protect the Constitutional rights of all who legitimately reside and work in our communities.”
According to Hodgson, he and several other sheriffs are working to get at least 200 sheriffs to join in the journey to D.C. for a meeting and press conference with lawmakers.
“Senator Jeff Sessions, Senator David Vitter and other members of Congress have agreed to join us at the Capitol to demand immediate action to secure our borders as the first step in achieving legitimate immigration reform in the future,” he wrote. “Several sheriffs have agreed to work in a spirit of cooperation to assist in recruiting at least 200 sheriffs to travel to Washington, D.C. for this historic meeting and press conference with members of Congress.”
Despite massive Democratic midterm loses, Obama has remained adamant that he will move forward to take executive action on immigration before the end of the year. Republicans have been considering using the power of the purse to prevent such actions, and the sheriffs’ planned meeting is set to occur two days before government funding runs out.