Tuscaloosa's sheriff talks immigration in Washington D.C.

      Tuscaloosa Sheriff Ted Sexton will join senior lawenforcement officials from the International Association of Chiefs of Police(IACP), the National Sheriffs' Association (NSA), former New York, Los Angeles,and Boston Police Chief Bill Bratton Wednesday at the White House. {}Theywill discuss strides made in securing US borders, immigration issues affectinglocal police forces, and the resultant need for comprehensive reform.

      Sheriff Sexton and other front line law enforcement officialswill talk about the roles, responsibilities, concerns and impact of localpolice forces serving communities with immigrant populations.{} Sexton, a Past President of the NationalSheriffs' Association, and a former Assistant Secretary at DHS, serves as theChairman of the Association's Immigration Committee.{}

      The Sheriffs and Chiefs will have the opportunity toinform officials like Chief Bratton, IACP President Craig T. Steckler,Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, DHS AssistantSecretary for International Affairs Alan Bersin, Acting Associate AttorneyGeneral Tony West, and Director of White House Domestic Policy Council CeciliaMuoz about the successes and challenges in their local jurisdictions and willbe briefed on current policy and programs.{}

      Last Monday, a bipartisan group of senators released aframework for broad immigration reform including a conditional path tocitizenship for undocumented immigrants, reforms to the legal immigrationsystem based upon the needs of the economy, creation of an employmentverification system, and an improved process for admitting future workers.

      "We need help in Washington so that we can focus oncatching criminals, rather than sacrificing priorities to play the role ofimmigration agent," said Sexton. "Immigration reform will strengthen securityin communities across the country, and finally seek answers to questions wehave raised."