WUSA in DC is reporting on a claim by CASA de Maryland, a so-called “advocate for immigrants,” that Frederick County, MD’s immigrations enforcement efforts is costing taxpayers $3.2 million in training, enforcement, and jail costs. What the story neglects to tell you is that the local sheriff says that figure is completely bogus. Over at Gazette.net they have the whole story:
Sheriff Chuck Jenkins is disputing a report released Tuesday that places an annual price tag of $3.2 million on a program that allows his deputies to check the immigration status of everyone arrested in Frederick County.
“Much of it is not factual information,” said Jenkins (R) on Wednesday. “The costs are absolutely not true. … I absolutely dispute it.”
Jenkins stands by his claim that his department’s participation in the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement program will cost county taxpayers nothing extra. “There are no significant costs,” he said.
CASA is, of course, upset over Frederick County’s participation in the ICE 287(g) program and is tossing out distortions, misleading commentary, and some outright lies to gin up resistance to it. Be informed about the program from people who are actually involved in it. Go to the link and have a read at the sheriff’s response.