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President Donald Trump, who has made “law and order” a central issue in his campaign and enjoyed broad support among members of the law enforcement community, met with a group on Tuesday. from the National Sheriffs’ Association to the White House and received a letter of thanks for its recent executive actions to crack down on illegal immigration.
“National and local law enforcement agencies have, in recent years, borne much of the burden associated with criminal illegal immigration and the resulting impact on our communities,” said the letter, which was signed. both by the President and the Executive Director of the National Sheriffs. Association. “As you have acknowledged, our borders are not secure and we applaud your efforts to address this threat to our public safety.”
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Trump was joined by Vice President Mike Pence and senior advisers Jared Kushner, Steve Bannon, Reince Priebus and Stephen Miller, held a “listening session” with a group of sheriffs in the Roosevelt Room.
Trump has pledged to work closely with all members of the law enforcement community to ensure the safety of the American people and assured sheriffs that the Trump administration will do everything to prevent drugs and crime of entering the country, ending the opioid epidemic, securing borders to prevent terrorists from entering, and strengthening ties between state, local and federal law enforcement agencies.
Jonathan Thompson, executive director and CEO of the National Sheriffs’ Association, told President Trump that six months ago he was sitting in the same room as President Obama and begged and begged for help. He continued, âToday you invited us to your home. You offer help. You respect this offer. And on behalf of our members across the country, thank you.
Jefferson County (KY) Sheriff John Aubrey raised the issue of asset forfeiture and how it helped them tackle crime until it was ‘downsized’ under the previous administration . President Trump replied, âI think Congress is going to be beaten really hard by the voters because they let this happen. And I think badly. I think you will get back in shape. So, asset confiscation, we’re going to start over, okay? “
Sheriffs called President Trump’s support “unprecedented” and offered their full support for his border security and immigration policies. They expressed how encouraged they were by the favorable law enforcement atmosphere that swept across the country following the President’s victory.
The group had an open discussion about the issues facing the law enforcement community and noted that this was an opportunity not given to them under the previous administration. At the end of the meeting, the President took them to the Oval Office to honor them and show his appreciation for the exceptional work they do to keep our communities safe.
You can watch President Trump’s meeting with members of the National Sheriff’s Association below.