County Rejects $1.4M To Cooperate With Feds, Sheriff Says He'll Do It Anyway

Pima County Sheriff Mark Napier calls county decision to reject $1.4M in federal funds 'really unthinkable'

Tuscon, AZ – An Arizona county board rejected $1.4 million in federal funds that it had received for more than a decade to help cover the costs of securing the border because it would require cooperation with federal authorities under the Trump administration.

The Pima County Board of Supervisors voted 3-1 on Oct. 9 to terminate the contract, according to the Arizona Daily Star.

The federal money covers the costs of overtime, mileage and equipment for the sheriff’s department and encourages collaboration between the county and federal agencies, according to the Arizona Daily Star.

The federal dollars come from a program known as Operation Stonegarden.

The Arizona Daily Star reported a public outcry over the sheriff’s department being linked to the separation of families at the border and children being taken to immigration detention facilities across the country.

County Supervisor Ramon Valadez blamed President Trump’s administration for the destruction of confidence in local law enforcement and said the President’s “aggressive actions” toward immigration was the reason for the mistrust, according to the Arizona Daily Star.

County Supervisors Sharon Bronson and Richard Elias also voted to terminate the contract. County Supervisor Ally Miller did not attend the meeting.

The three county supervisors who voted to reject the money are all Democrats.

County Supervisor Steve Christy was the only one to vote to keep the federal dollars. Christy said a small group of activists was dominating the debate.

“You do not represent the total feelings or desires of Pima County residents or even come close to representing a majority of our citizens,” Christy said to the audience, according to the Arizona Daily Star. “How many different ways does (Pima County) Sheriff (Mark) Napier and other law enforcement agencies have to affirm that the Pima County Sheriff’s Department does not and will not enforce federal immigration laws?”

Sheriff Napier said he was deeply disappointed by the vote, according to the Arizona Daily Star. Sheriff Napier said he may have to close remote officers without the federal money.

Sheriff Napier said on Fox & Friends the county board’s rejection of the $1.4 million was “really unthinkable.”

"I still fully intend to cooperate with our federal partners, we have a great relationship," Sheriff Napier said, according to Fox News. "To turn your nose up at this funding is just really unthinkable.”

Sheriff Napier said that one of the county supervisors said what changed over the last 12 years the county has accepted the money was “Washington, D.C.”

"If we've accepted this grant money for the last 12 years, and nothing has fundamentally changed about the grant, what has changed?" he asked, according to Fox News. "The only answer is the current presidential administration."

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Back The Blue
Back The Blue

Dems do this crap just to piss off Republican. Has nothing to do with anything but sandbox temper tantrums!! Grow the hell up. You are representative of people!!

Shastabeau
Shastabeau

This crap is going to come to a head! People are going to get hurt or killed! Build the damned! Increase security! Stop f#cking with our border patrols lives. There is currently over 4,000 immigrants headed toward our border as we speck.......flying the Honduras flag as they walk!

Marxest
Marxest

Only Trump could inspire such spiteful, backward and assinine behavior from the board of supervisors. Glad that the sheriff decided the best approach was the apolitical one and try to argue using common sense and logic.

pbm4jc
pbm4jc

why do dems do this every time and everywhere? just to spite Trump? what a petulant little peep squeaks. they should all step down and let the adults handle LE and border security.

joaquinradioman
joaquinradioman

What idiots....they dare say that Trump is causing distrust...what liars!!

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