Sheriffs lobby lawmakers for more action to confront illegal immigration

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WASHINGTON (Gray DC) -- 44 sheriffs lobbied lawmakers on Capitol Hill about the dangers of illegal immigration. There sheriffs spoke out about their concerns during a press conference in Washington, DC Wednesday morning.

GOP Reps. Steve King (IA), Louie Gohmert (TX) and Mo Brooks (AL), Clay Higgins (LA), and Andy Biggs (AZ) were among those who spoke out about a lack of bipartisan traction on these issues.

Sheriffs also visited members of Congress at their offices and attended a White House roundtable discussion on border security.

The delegation called for Congress to act on building a wall along the Southern border with Mexico, along with increasing federal resources for local governments to crack down on illegal immigration. Several speakers say illegal immigration has brought gang violence, increased car accidents, and drugs into their communities.

"My jail currently - on a normal day to day basis - has a 10 to 15 percent population of illegal immigrants, and that's an issue for us. It costs the taxpayers money in my county that they shouldn't have to be paying. We'd just like some cooperation from the federal government here," said Sheriff Brad Cole, of Christian County, Missouri.

"We cannot stand for it anymore - all of us sheriffs are for legal immigration against illegal immigration. So we need our Congress to take a stand, build the wall, fund more border security, fund our ICE so that we can keep our citizens safe," said Sheriff Paul Bailey, of Berrien County, Michigan.

Speakers also promoted the idea of crowd-funding the border wall – more info on their movement here:

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