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June 4, 2024 – (Alexandria, V.A.) – The National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA) President Sheriff Greg Champagne, (St. Charles Parish, L.A.) released the following statement in response to the President’s Executive Order today, saying it is too little- too late.

“Since President Biden became President, the National Sheriffs’ Association has been begging for a face-to-face meeting to demonstrate the damage that his open border policy has been inflicting on the citizens of this country to no avail. In addition to millions of illegal immigrants being allowed into the country, over two million “gotaways” have surreptitiously entered the country as well. Our government has no idea who they are, where they came from, nor what their plans are. Cartels and criminal gangs are establishing themselves throughout the country. Americans have been dying due to fentanyl overdoses by thousands every year.

For the last three and a half years, we have urged the President to exercise the authority he already has under federal law to close the border and impose reasonable restrictions on immigration despite his statements to the contrary. Virtually all of his predecessors exercised this authority which he has claimed he didn’t have – until today! However, on his first day in office, he had no problem with using executive orders to reverse nearly every immigration order issued by his predecessor which were actually working.

With his refusal to act for so long, we now face possible the greatest security threat to our country to occur in our lifetimes. Whether it is an election year epiphany or overwhelming public opinion causing him to act today, he now believes that executive orders restricting immigration are authorized.

Sorry Mr. President. This is simply unacceptable, and our citizens deserve better!”

The National Sheriffs’ Association is one of the largest non-profit associations of law enforcement professionals in the United States, representing more than 3,000 elected sheriffs across the nation, and with a total membership of approximately 10,000 individuals. NSA is dedicated to raising the level of professionalism among sheriffs, their deputies, and others in the field of law enforcement, public safety, and criminal justice. Throughout its eighty-three-year history, NSA has also served as an information resource for all law enforcement, as well as local, state, and federal government agencies.