Frederick County Sheriff returns from trip to the border

On this day, she will help feed the hungry in Frederick County, but Lissette Colon will never forget leaving war-torn El Salvador as a 10-year old, and how the tens of thousands of refugee children in Texas must feel today.
 
"I can relate to them because El Salvador and Central America, in general, is a war zone right now," said Colon, "I remember seeing bodies when I wanted to go to school.  My mother dared to take me to school.  Shootings every night, and it wasn't [just] shootings -- people getting bombarded. ... To this day, it's scary to hear a helicopter come by."
 
The county's top cop, Sheriff Chuck Jenkins, traveled with a group of sheriffs from other states to the Mexican border to get a firsthand look at the problem.
 
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"Not only does it affect Texas, but Texas is only a two-day drive from Maryland,” said Jenkins. ... "There is a real human side to it and I get that.  I understand that as a father, as a human being, but there's also a criminal element that affects our counties and our communities." 
 
In the state's first county to pass an ordinance making English its official language, even some of those he's sworn to protect appear to question the sheriff's motives.
 
"It becomes a real public safety issue,” said Jenkins, “When you look at the heroin problem on our streets and in our country, a lot of that stems from the open borders.  The gang problem, transnational gang organizations -- it stems from our open borders."
 
Colon says the Hispanic community of Frederick County had hoped the sheriff would use the trip to help find a way to accommodate some of the immigrant children here, but she may be disappointed. 
 
"What are we going to do to change our policy to basically take these folks that are migrating here for whatever reason and in a humane organized way, get them back to their countries of origin and let's look at the legal immigration process," said Jenkins. 
 
That may do little to restore faith in this community that Jenkins isn't opposed to immigration of any kind.
 
"He's tried to pass laws that would really seem to the Hispanic community as anti-Latino like stopping someone because they look Latino,” said Colon, “How does someone look illegal?  Do I look illegal?  Am I illegal?”
 
Jenkins says he's in favor of immigration, legal immigration, and if that system is not working, we need to reform it.
 
As for complaints of profiling, the office says it only asks people their country of origin when they're arrested and taken to the detention center.
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