Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims is scheduled to meet with President Donald Trump on Wednesday to discuss issues pertaining to immigration from the perspective of law enforcement.
Sheriff Mims is a member of the Law Enforcement Immigration Task Force. The Task Force includes more than 60 police chiefs, sheriffs and law enforcement leaders from across the country, ranging from major cities to rural counties. On Tuesday she met with California Senator Diane Feinstein.
One part of President Donald Trump’s new immigration order would be to deputize local officers to enforce federal immigration law. It’s actually an idea that started under the Clinton administration and Trump is now trying to revive it.
Traditionally, local police have stayed out of immigration enforcement and left those duties to federal authorities. Immigration and customs enforcement or ICE has over 1,500 agents stretched out across the country monitoring citizenship checks of people in local jails.
President Trump’s decision comes at a time when the country is sharply divided over the treatment of immigrants.
Sheriff Mims is also scheduled to be in meetings involving US Attorney General nominee Jeff Sessions, FBI Director James Comey and Homeland Security Secretary General John Kelly.