Sheila McLaughlin reports:
Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones is headed soon to Washington, D.C., where he will offer his ideas on immigration reform at a meeting of the National Sheriff’s Association Immigration Committee. Here’s what he wants.
- Our nation’s borders must be 100% secured, with the cooperation of, and agreement by, all border states. Then, continually enforce it.
- There must be severe penalties, criminal penalties (jail time) and large civil penalties (monetary fines), for employers and companies who employ illegals. Then, enforce it.
- The flow of illegal drugs crossing our borders must be stopped, with enforcement.
- Welfare and other Social Services programs should not be provided for anyone who is in “Illegal” status or in the process of becoming legal. No “free cheese” until attaining legal status. Enforce it.
- No jobs without proper work visas until attaining legal status, and cannot displace or be put ahead of U.S. Citizens. Enforce it.
- No voting rights for non-U.S. Citizens. Enforce it.
- No “jumping to the front of the line.” Must let those who are already in the process of becoming legal (currently doing it the “right way”) remain first in line. Then, enforce it.
- Governors of border states, and other states being directly affected by significant “immigration issues,” must have substantial involvement in establishing any immigration reform policies.”
Jones said he’s also sending sending his wish-list to President Barack Obama, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Speaker of the Hous, John Boehner, and Ohio Governor, John Kasich.