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Cape May County sheriff joins peers in asking president to tighten southern border
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Cape May County sheriff joins peers in asking president to tighten southern border


Cape May County Sheriff Bob Nolan tours the Cape May County jail in January 2020.

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE — Cape May County Sheriff Robert Nolan joined almost 275 of the country’s sheriffs from 39 states in signing a letter to President Joe Biden this week urging him to make the border more secure and decrease the flow of illegal immigration.

Nolan was one of three New Jersey sheriffs who signed the letter, along with Sheriff Frederick W. Brown of Hunterdon County and Sheriff Charles Miller of Salem County.

“The immigration policies set forth by President Biden are endangering residents across the country and here in Cape May County,” Nolan said in a statement that did not cite specific examples. “This is why I joined with hundreds of other sheriffs from throughout the United States to share our concerns for these plans which hinder law enforcement’s ability to serve and protect their communities.”

Nolan is a frequently outspoken proponent of more restrictive immigration policy. Cape May was one of two counties in the state to sue Attorney General Gurbir Grewal over the 2018 Immigrant Trust Directive, which limited counties’ ability to cooperate with federal immigration authorities when dealing with those arrested on criminal charges. A federal judge dismissed the lawsuit last summer.

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Biden must act now before the nation’s public safety resources are overwhelmed with the criminal side effects of illegal immigration, including transnational gangs, guns, dangerous drugs and human trafficking, the sheriffs said in their letter.

“Both the Barack Obama and Donald Trump administrations recognized the threats and dangers presented by illegal immigration. It is critically important that you see it as well,” the sheriffs wrote.

Cape May County Commissioner Director Gerald M. Thornton echoed his support for Nolan and the letter.

“I also have concerns about all the children being put in harm’s way and risking their lives without a parent traveling with them to reach the United States,” Thornton said in a statement. The U.S. government picked up nearly 19,000 children traveling alone across the Mexican border in March, authorities said Thursday, the largest monthly number ever recorded. “It isn’t clear where these individuals will go and what burdens it will place upon all 50 states.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Contact Vincent Jackson: 609-272-7202


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