Sheriff Jones continues fight for tougher immigration laws

Sheriff Richard Jones
Sheriff Richard Jones

HAMILTON, OH (FOX19) - Always an aggressive proponent of stiffer immigration laws, Butler County Sheriff Richard K. Jones is continuing his immigration fight in Columbus, but not without some local opposition.

"I believe the Governor is going to support this legislation," Jones said.

It's legislation Sheriff Jones is passionate about pushing, this week he sent this letter to Gov. Kasich urging him to take action on House Bill 286, re-introduced in June, which cracks  down on illegal immigrants in the state of Ohio.

"If you're here illegally, you can actually get worker's comp, not only can you get welfare, you can get a car and house and a cell phone, the American people have had enough," Jones said.

Jones has traveled to the Mexican border in Arizona to witness the impact of illegal immigration at its forefront, back in Butler County he says he observes firsthand how illegal immigrants are crowding the court system and the jails, costing taxpayers and local governments, millions of dollars they don't have.

"There's just not enough money, there's not enough resources -- go, come back, come here legally," Jones said.

Leo Pierson of League of United Latin American Citizens or LULAC says Jones' claims are baseless.

"Whenever Sheriff Jones sends these letters to the governor or whoever else, no data is ever provided with them, just claims," Pierson said.

Pierson says immigration reform is a national issue and therefore shouldn't be enforced by state and local governments.

"It creates a huge burden on the entire system when local governments and state governments start trying to haphazardly pass politically created, as opposed to research based immigration reform," Pierson said.

Recently David Kern, Executive Chairman of the Butler County Republican Party, also threw his support behind House Bill 286.

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