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Sheriffs take stance on proposed immigration legislation

By Sonny Long
Feb. 17, 2011 at 5:03 p.m.
Updated Feb. 16, 2011 at 8:17 p.m.


Victoria County Sheriff T. Michael O'Connor stands alongside other Texas law enforcement officers who oppose the state Legislature cutting funding for training while at the same time having to enforce federal immigration laws.

"I, as the sheriff of Victoria County, Texas, am not in the immigration business, period. I don't intend to be anytime soon," O'Connor said. "At the same time, although we may not agree with certain laws, we will enforce them."

"We are already chock full of unfunded mandates," continued the sheriff. "At some point, you have to ask 'where is the practical side to it?' "

DeWitt County Sheriff Jode Zavesky agreed.

"What they want us to do is a federal job," Zavesky said. "We're at the point now with our normal workload that to take on an additional mandate without paying for training or supplementing our officers' pay puts a real burden on our local workforce."

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