Bob Gualtieri is growing frustrated with the federal government’s slow progress on illegal immigration.
After the Pinellas County Sheriff spent months working with members of the Trump administration, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Homeland Security on a plan that would allow sheriff departments to detain undocumented immigrants legally for deportation, Gualtieri says no program has yet been implemented.
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On his fifth day in office, President Donald Trump released an executive order to support immigration enforcement and punish local governments that don’t comply with federal authorities. In April, that order was frozen by a federal judge.
Federal officials must rely on local police to help enforce federal immigration laws, but the law doesn’t require local authorities to detain illegal immigrants just because their federal counterparts make a request.
In fact, federal
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