DES MOINES, Iowa (KCAU/WHO) – Ten Iowa Sheriffs have joined more than 200 sheriffs across the country in writing a letter to President Joe Biden.
The letter was signed by sheriffs that included those from Carroll, Shelby, and Scott counties and asked Biden to secure the U.S.-Mexico border. It reads, in part :
“You must act now before our nation’s public safety resources are overwhelmed with the criminal side effects of unchecked illegal immigration, including transnational gangs, guns, dangerous drugs and human trafficking.”
The rest of the Iowa sheriffs are from Cerro Gordo, Clayton, Greene, Grundy, Iowa, Lucas, Shelby, and Wayne counties.
U.S. Officials said almost 19,000 migrant children who were unaccompanied are now in custody.
President Biden said on his first day of office that there would be a sweeping immigration overhaul that would provide a path to citizenship for an estimated 11 million people living in the country illegally, many of whom have been here for decades.