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."

Comments (36)
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Mrs10
Mrs10

The term "cutting off the nose to spite the face" comes to mind...

EMarie
EMarie

Let me guess ... demoncrats running the show. Sheriff has my admiration!

negolien
negolien

Democrats are idiots

Bob480hivolt
Bob480hivolt

May a illegal MS-13 gang member use one of the democrats for Thanksgiving turkey practice.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Federal government shouldn't be funding local law enforcement, so this is a good thing.

angeleyes
angeleyes

cut off all federal funding to municipalities that do not abide by federal laws.

LordSeamus
LordSeamus

I'm 100% behind the sheriff in this and am glad to see him standing up to the liberal idiots that are trying to handcuff him.

Szrudy3
Szrudy3

If those 3 idiots are serious, then let them donate their income for their beliefs. I think they will change their minds. Dems like control until they’re inconvenience. Also have them do the policeman’s job, they won’t last 2 minutes. The police need all the help they can get

Bstn199
Bstn199

The sheriff hit the nail on the head, the only reason they want to reject the federal money, which theyve gladly accepted every year in the past, is they just want to give Trump the middle finger, childish behavior cutting of their own noses to spite themselves, wait till the city has to pay for the PDs overtime, equipment, etc out of their own budget, wont they be sorry!!

365
365

Gotta love it when the boss shows some stones.

MSK
MSK

Incredible. Truly incredible. Let’s see how fast their vote would change if they or a family member were victimized by an illegal. These democrats really are mentally ill and voters, assuming there are still some American citizens left in Pima County and the non liberals need to get them out of office. All of this shit will come back to bite them in the years ahead if it isn’t already but these asswipes will be long gone from office.

GForce48
GForce48

WE CAN NOT PLACE OUR COLLECTIVE SECURITY INTO THE HANDS OF THE DEMS/LIBS ON ANY LEVEL LOCAL, STATE, OR NATIONAL! THEY DO NOT HOLD OUR SECURITY AS ONE OF THEIR MOST IMPORTANT GOALS! THEY ARE MOST BEHOLDEN TO LIBERAL POLITICS OF OPEN BORDERS AND LACK SECURITY!

K9ndn
K9ndn

Take all of them that voted no and do a recall and get them out of there.

joaquinradioman
joaquinradioman

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

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.

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.

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!

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!!