Butler County Sheriff's remarks on immigration spark controversy

Richard Jones (FOX19)
Richard Jones (FOX19)

BUTLER COUNTY, OH (FOX19) - Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones is not quiet when it comes to his feelings on illegal aliens and illegal immigration, and how it has affected his county.

This week, he sent an open letter to the president of Mexico asking for a reimbursement of $900,000 for "dealing with your [Mexico's] criminals."

On Thursday, residents of Butler County who disagree with the Sheriff's actions will hold a rally outside of the Butler County Jail.

FOX19 spoke with Jennifer Nicole Young, who says she feels Sheriff Jones' actions are backed by racism and his active deportation tactics are costing taxpayers more money.

She went on to say he shouldn't speak for the American people and she's upset about the letter that was sent to Mexico.

We reached out to the Sheriff's Department as well to see if they wanted to speak about the rally.

Butler County Sheriff's Department Chief Deputy Anthony Dwyer says the department supports peaceful rallies and they will not engage in a debate with the protestors.

He added that Sheriff Jones stands behind his statement, and his actions are against those who come into the country illegally, they are not based on racism.

The letter was sent to Mexico because it is a border country and a lot of the people who enter the country illegally in Butler County are Hispanic, but Mexico is just one of the problems.

The rally will be held at the Butler County Jail at 11 a.m. Thursday.

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