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Mr. Whittington goes to Washington

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Sheriff’s from around the nation, including Bossier's Julian Whittington, presented President Donald Trump with a special plaque in Washington DC.

Sheriff meets with President Trump, national officials

By Stacey Tinsley, stinsley@bossierpress.com

Bossier Parish went to Washington as Sheriff Julian Whittington recently met with U.S. leaders to discuss illegal immigration.

Sheriff Whittington returned home mid-week from Washington D.C after meeting with President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and other sheriffs from across the nation. It was a powwow all aimed at giving input on how best to stem the flow of illegal immigrants into the country.

Sheriff Whittington was specifically invited he Federation of Americans for Immigration Reform and was one of 44 sheriffs representing 35 states.

During his time in Washington, Sheriff Whittington met with Louisiana Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and Congressman Mike Johnson (LA-04). He also spoke with the head of  Immigration and Customs Enforcement (I.C.E.), U. S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Border Patrol and U.S. Department of Justice.

“It was a good meeting. I think there were some good ideas,” Sheriff Whittington summed up. “From a law and order stand point, from our perspective, something’s got to change. We got to start with a secure border. An effective border has got to be put in place if were ever going to get a handle on this. If we have no borders and people are pouring in here, then we have no idea who they are, or what there up to. That’s a recipe for disaster. And that’s what were trying to say here. It is going to eventually effect our entire country.”

Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington

Sheriff Whittington and the other sheriffs also presented a plaque to President Trump showing him their appreciation.

The Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Facebook page said President Trump appreciated the remarks from the sheriffs, remarking, “Well, that’s really nice. This is an honor because, when I was running, I think number one on our list was law enforcement, taking care of law enforcement, working with law enforcement. And really, we have to create guidelines and principles for the incredible job you’ve done. And you’ve done an amazing job.”

The BSO has experience with fighting illegal immigration as Level 1 I.C.E. detainees began being housed in the Bossier Medium Security Facility in Plain Dealing starting this June. There are currently around 200 ICE detainees being housed in Bossier Parish.

All detainees are of the lowest security level since they have not been convicted of any crimes, and are being detained for entering the United States unlawfully.

“This is a small part of President Trump’s effort to stem the flow of illegals into the country,” said Sheriff Whittington previously told the Press-Tribune.

These detainees will be held in the Bossier Parish facility until the federal court system determines their outcome. Sheriff Whittington has assured that none of these detainees will be released in Bossier Parish.

The sheriff’s office is reimbursed for housing and transportation costs associated with the detainees.