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A Fairfax County, Virginia, police officer was suspended, and later allowed to return to work, for turning over an illegal alien over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
Culpeper County Sheriff Scott Jenkins told the Daily Caller News Foundation that the suspension was unwarranted, and that it’s routine protocol for police officers to work with their counterparts in federal agencies.
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Jenkins also touted his county’s agreement with ICE, known as the 287(g) program, that makes it cost effective for local jurisdictions to work with federal immigration authorities.
A Virginia sheriff sounded off about a cop in a nearby county who was suspended for turning an illegal alien over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement and noted that his constituents “overwhelmingly” want to see criminal aliens taken off the streets.
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The Fairfax County, Virginia, Police Department suspended a police officer, and then allowed the officer back on the job, after the cop held an illegal alien in custodial detention in September and then handed the person over to ICE. The reprimand attracted sharp criticism from federal immigration officials, the country’s largest law enforcement union and others who argue the cop was simply enforcing the law.
“The officer was doing what he felt was the right thing. Cooperating with federal law enforcement is part of our daily job and what we do everyday on the streets as officers in any department — whether it was the [Drug Enforcement Administration], FBI or ICE,” Culpeper County, Virginia, Sheriff Scott Jenkins said to the Daily Caller News Foundation. “He did what his conscience told him he should do: cooperate and work with another law enforcement agency as we do everyday. … I feel for him because I truly believe he was just trying to do the right thing.”
Jenkins reiterated that he respected and didn’t want to be critical of...
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