RICHMOND, Texas (FOX 26) - The Fort Bend County Sheriff is speaking out about his decision to not join the Immigration and Customs Enforcement 287(g) program. This as ICE has announced 18 new Texas Sheriff's Offices that have signed on.
Sheriff Troy Nehls providing his reasoning, during a press conference following a press release from ICE that stated 18 Texas Sheriff's Offices are making the "commitment to keep their communities safe."
"I don't really see how this is going to make the residents of Fort Bend County safe," says Sheriff Nehls.
Under 287(g), local agencies have agreed to dedicate resources to enforce immigration law on behalf of the federal government. Critics, like Sheriff Nehls argue that the system currently in place is just fine.
"Every day the Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office will send a list of individuals that have been booked in the Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office. This information is then sent to ICE here in a local office here in Houston and then ICE will determine who they would like to place a hold on," says Sheriff Nehls.
Sheriff Nehls claiming it would force him to hire 6 new deputies and send them off to a 4 week training, led by ICE, costing his department around $500,000.
The Sheriff reiterating his conservative stance on immigration, siding with the idea of a border wall and saying the country needs to crackdown on immigrants getting here illegally.
"I believe that we need to get the bad hombres out of this country," says Sheriff Nehls.