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Walker Accepts Letter from National Sheriffs' Association to Congress Calling ICE Bed Reduction Proposal "Dangerous"

February 11, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  U.S. Representative Mark Walker (R-N.C.), the ranking member on the House Committee on Homeland Security's Counterterrorism and Intelligence Subcommittee, today accepted letters from the National Sheriffs' Association, representing more than 3,000 sheriffs nationwide, calling a Democratic proposal to reduce the number of detention beds utilized by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to 16,500. The letter says the proposal would "cripple ICE's ability to detain criminal aliens and other aliens who pose a risk to public safety or are a flight risk."

The letter notes "to achieve the 16,500 adult average detainee population (ADP) caps for the remaining 7 months of the fiscal year, a net reduction of 9,264 adults by the end of this fiscal year would be required. Approximately 72% of ICE's current detention population is subject to mandatory detention due to the alien having certain convictions or having committed certain act."

Walker met with the group of more than 50 sheriffs and talked about the impact the policy would have on enforcing immigration law and protecting national security. 

"Sheriffs who protect communities all across our nation know the dangers of an unsecured border, the damage done by unchecked drug flow and releasing criminals back out on our streets," Walker said. "My Democratic colleagues would be well-served by heeding their pleas and working on solutions that keep American families safe, instead of placating to calls for open borders. The government shuts down on Friday. It’s time to put up or shut up."

Following his meeting with the sheriffs, Walker went on Fox News to relay the concerns they shared. Watch the below.



"This dangerous Congressional proposal not only jeopardizes the risk of our national security, but hinders our law enforcement officers from effectively enforcing and upholding the law and protecting their communities," the letter ends.

Read the full letter from the National Sheriffs Association here.