â€œThe fact that everybody we encounter, almost, is armed. The only difference is that we donâ€™t exchange shots with them most of the time.â€ Pinal County Sheriffâ€™s Office Chief Deputy Steve Henry
Pinal County Sheriffâ€™s Office Chief Deputy Steve Henry said Wednesday that when his deputies go to the border they face a situation similar to a warzone in Afghanistan or Iraq.
â€œThe fact that everybody we encounter, almost, is armed. The only difference is that we donâ€™t exchange shots with them most of the time,â€ Henry said after speaking to a panel in Washington.
Henry was joined by sheriffs from around the country as part of a discussion panel hosted by the Center for Immigration Studies, an independent organization that advocates for limits on legal and illegal immigration, and the House Immigration Reform Caucus.
Many of those speakers blamed what they called the Obama administrationâ€™s lax enforcement of border and immigration laws for the problems they are seeing in their communities, many of which are far removed from the border.
The sheriffs, who also came from Iowa, North Carolina and Maryland, said that because drugs are a problem in their communities it is important that immigration officials support them in their efforts to enforce immigration laws.
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