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Congressman Gus Bilirakis

Representing the 12th District of Florida

Bilirakis Applauds Local Law Enforcement for Spearheading National Policy to Eradicate Sanctuary Cities

January 17, 2018
Press Release

Washington, DC:  Today, Pinellas County was in the national spotlight due to the visionary leadership of Sheriff Bob Gualtieri who successfully negotiated a practical change in national public policy that prioritizes public safety while protecting taxpayer dollars and respecting the Constitution.  The new policy, arranged with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), allows local law enforcement to contract with ICE to lawfully detain people who are in the U.S. illegally and have been arrested on charges that have nothing to do with their immigration status once their criminal charges are resolved.  Due to jurisdictional issues, law enforcement officials had previously been faced with the difficult decision of returning these dangerous individuals back into our communities when ICE was unavailable for pick-up or face financial penalty for further detainment.  Click here to learn more about the policy which will first be rolled out in 17 Florida counties (including Pinellas, Pasco and Hillsborough) before being extended nationwide.      

 “I am so proud of Sheriff Gualtieri and appreciative of his leadership and tireless work on this important issue. By developing this creative solution, he is avoiding frivolous lawsuits and ensuring that criminals who do not belong in our country are not released back onto our streets to endanger our citizens, which is something that we can all agree upon.  This is exactly the type of partnership and collaboration between governmental agencies that constituents expect and deserve.  I look forward to working closely with him to ensure smooth and seamless implementation, ” said Congressman Bilirakis.