Bossier Parish Sheriff Julian Whittington will be in Washington DC on Wednesday, Sept. 5, to meet with White House officials on illegal immigration matters, and to urge Congress to act on pending legislation to increase border security.
Sheriff Whittington will join almost 50 other Sheriffs from across the country as a united group of elected law enforcement officers at a media event on Capitol Hill on Wednesday morning. Joined by some members of Congress, this group of Sheriffs will share their experiences and public safety challenges associated with illegal aliens, and call on Congress to act on pending legislation to increase border security and reform the immigration system.
On Wednesday afternoon, the Sheriffs will participate in a roundtable discussion at the White House with administration officials and policymakers. The round table will focus on immigration, border security and importance of collaboration of all levels of law enforcement agencies.
“It is our intention to tell Congress that their failure to deal with this issue for 20 years has made our communities less safe and has undermined our promise to the people who elected us to keep them safe,” said Sheriff Whittington. “We will also take the opportunity to express and thank President Trump and his administration for recognizing the need for immigration reform.”
Sheriff Whittington continued, “we are elected by the people to keep them safe, and the continued inaction of Congress has put a major roadblock in the path of law enforcement to protect our citizens and legal residents. We have a sworn duty to protect our citizens, and we, as Sheriffs, view this opportunity to push for meaningful immigration reform as a way to uphold our promise and commitment we swore to uphold.”