Sheriffs Support DOJ Decision on California
Alexandria, VA – National Sheriffs' Association President Harold Eavenson and Executive Director and CEO Jonathan Thompson released the following statement regarding the Department of Justice filing suit against the State of California.
"It is unfortunate that this kind of action is needed, but after a year of noncompliance the government’s hands were tied," said Thompson. Further, “Law enforcement, whether federal or local, has one responsibility, upholding the rule of law. If Governor Brown has differences of view of federal law then they need to direct their ire towards Congress and change the law, not create more innocent victims of criminal illegal immigrants.”
"By purposely undermining the law of the land, California has put its citizens and law enforcement in harm's way. This is unconstitutional and undermines the purpose of congress, " said Eavenson.
The National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA) is one of the largest associations of law enforcement professionals in the United States, representing more than 3,000 elected sheriffs across the nation, and a total membership of more than 20,000. NSA is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising the level of professionalism among sheriffs, their deputies, and others in the field of criminal justice and public safety. Throughout its seventy-seven year history, NSA has served as an information clearinghouse for sheriffs, deputies, chiefs of police, other law enforcement professionals, state governments and the federal government.