Delta County Sheriff Fred McKee has been invited to Washington D.C. on Wednesday, Sept. 5, to meet with White House officials on illegal immigration matters, and to urge Congress to act on pending legislation to increase border security.
Sheriff McKee will join almost 50 other sheriffs from across the country as a united group of elected law enforcement officers at a media event on Capitol Hill on Wednesday morning. Joined by some members of Congress, this group of sheriffs will share its experiences and public safety challenges associated with illegal aliens, and call on Congress to act on pending legislation to increase border security and reform the immigration system.
On Wednesday afternoon, the sheriffs will participate in a roundtable discussion at the White House with administration officials and policymakers. Hosted by the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, the round table will focus on immigration, border security and efforts by some elected officials to prevent the critical collaboration of local, county, state and federal law enforcement agencies. These partnerships maximize law enforcement's potential to identify criminals in communities and remove them from neighborhoods.
"The purpose of this visit is to express the need for Congress to pass legislation on the security aspects of immigration reform, as a group of sheriffs we hope to impress on Congress that their failure to deal with this issue has made our communities less safe.
"During our visit to the White House, we will discuss the challenges we face as a result of the ongoing Congressional stalemate, strategies to more easily identify criminal illegal aliens, and explore ways to expand and protect our valuable and critically important relationships with our local, state and federal law enforcement partners," said Sheriff McKee. "We will also take the opportunity to express and thank President Trump and his administration for re-establishing law enforcement's footing to enforce our laws."