A Maryland sheriff is warning that “Americans will not be safe” under President Joe Biden’s new immigration policies.
“Americans should be angry and outraged,” Frederick County Sheriff Chuck Jenkins told “Fox & Friends” host Steve Doocy.
“What he’s done is effectively and functionally dismantled ICE, basically telling the agents to stand down,” Jenkins said.
He was referring to the Biden administration’s new guidelines requiring Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers to make fewer arrests and deportations regardless of the immigrant’s criminal background.
“There will be no enforcement,” Jenkins said.
Under these new rules, immigrants will no longer be deported if they get a DUI or commit fraud, tax crimes, or assault.
“These people are going to roam our streets with impunity,” Jenkins said.
“This is going to be disastrous, dangerous, gonna impact every county, every city, every community in this country and again, this is total lawlessness,” he said. “We have to have interior enforcement along with strong border security or we have no laws.”
Last week, Lt. Chris Lapre and Pinal County Chief Deputy Sheriff Matthew Thomas of Arizona warned Americans of the looming crisis at the United States-Mexico border.
The two men spoke about it at length with Townhall,
“When [Trump] took office, we saw that this area out here went completely dead. Nobody was moving, nobody was smuggling because [the cartels] knew that Trump was going to put all hands on deck out down here and that they would be intercepted so it came to a screeching halt,” Thomas said.
“It was a very slow trickle to get back to some kind of normal but it never got back to where it was,” Thomas added.
The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office saw a dramatic decline in human trafficking for a few years in the early 2010s because the cartels wanted to focus on getting drugs into the United States. Once marijuana started to become legal in the U.S., it devalued their cash crop so the cartels switched to hard drugs, such as fentanyl, which is easier to transport and is not limited to growing seasons like marijuana.
Now, law enforcement in the county is seeing human smuggling making a comeback in addition to the regular drug runs.
While most illegal drugs enter the United States through different Ports of Entry, Thomas explained cartels still run drugs on foot since detection methods at the POEs are getting better.
“For us, effectively, I-8…becomes the new border and even the cartels will tell you that’s their goal line because once they get there, they’re shooting west or they’re shooting east and then they’re on a main interstate right into downtown Phoenix…we become the kickoff point for that,” said Thomas.
“These people and these drugs are not coming here to Pinal County to stay. This is a transport location. This is a spot they get through to get to their final destination and they’re being sent all over the country.”