As President Trump calls for action against sanctuary cities, one New York sheriff is taking a stand to help ICE officials crackdown on immigration.

Sheriff Patrick Russo is the only New York state sheriff to sign up for the federal immigration program that promotes cooperation between ICE and local law enforcement, as reported by Fox News Insider.

In an interview on “Fox & Friends,” Russo explains the program provides training to local law enforcement officers to determine a suspect’s immigration status and vet immigration offenders.

“We signed up for a correctional component of 287(G) and what that allows us to do is two of my correctional officers will receive training by ICE and we will be able to vet anybody that comes into our facility that’s sent there by a judge for a crime and see if they’re wanted by ICE. And if they are, we’ll notify ICE, but we’ll be able to do that in real time,” Russo explained during his interview.

According to ICE, the program “provides a four-week basic training program and a one-week refresher training program … conducted by certified instructors.”

Russo continues to say that the program is also in place “to prevent somebody from getting out before they’re recognized as being wanted.”

Russo says that his department plans to fully cooperate with federal agents because “cooperation amongst police agencies is paramount in providing good public safety.”

The Democratic governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, expresses his dissatisfaction with the Sheriff’s cooperation with ICE officials in a statement released by his office.

“State police agencies do not and will not engage in such activity, and we are troubled that one local sheriff in the state has decided to participate,” Cuomo said.

“It’s a shame this came down to being political because to me it’s more public safety than politics,” Russo said in response to the Governor’s statement. “It’s a sensible thing to do not to turn a criminal back out into the community. You’re doing a disservice to the community, you’re doing a disservice to the law enforcement officers that have to go back out and interact with that person.”

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BY Kate Clark


Kate is a staff writer for DC Statesman.