Thursday, July 24, 2014 | 2:02 a.m.
If a citizen breaks the law and no law enforcement action is taken, what message does that send to everyone else? This is exactly what’s happening with our immigration laws in America. That’s why my deputies encounter many immigrants in the country illegally who admit to being deported as many as 15 times. The laws apply to American citizens, but if you’re in the country illegally, it appears the laws do not apply and there are few, if any, real consequences.
The hope of 60,000 unaccompanied juveniles from Central America was realized when they were welcomed with open arms. What message does this send to the millions of future illegals in Mexico and Central America? If you make it to the border and say you’re fleeing violence, you’re home free.
The most humanitarian response would be to place these children on planes, return them back to their countries of origin and reunite them with their families. If we fail to do this, we invite future waves of refugees.
The writer is sheriff of Arizona’s Pinal County.