POSTED: Friday, June 14, 2013 - 3:38pm
UPDATED: Saturday, June 15, 2013 - 9:02am
HIDALGO COUNTY, TEXAS (KVEO NEWS CENTER 23) — Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevino just returned from a trip to Washington DC.
His task was to meet with cabinet officials about immigration bill SB744, which would provide a pathway to citizenship for millions of undocumented immigrants.
"The bill addresses state and local concerns, it addresses federal concerns, but most importantly it offers a pathway to citizenship," Trevino said.
Debate on the bill continues this week, and Trevino's work isn't done. He will be in contact with other sheriffs who oversee the nearly 2,000-mile long border we share with Mexico.
"I've been tasked to coordinate the sheriffs from Brownsville all the way to San Diego, Calif. in support of the bill," Trevino said. "I'm not going to lie to you, there is opposition."
The sheriff says he strongly supports the immigration bill; because its passage will make it easier for law enforcement to pursue other crimes.
"A lot of those folks that are here illegally are scared to come out and report crimes," he said. "They're scared they're going to be arrested."
Trevino said if all the folks feel freedcom to report on crimes they've winessed, two outcomes will occur.
"You're going to see that crime rate just skyrocket," he said. "Then you're going to see the crime rate just plummet. It will go down just dramatically."
Trevino said he hopes support from other law enforcement officials on the border will advance comprehensive immigration reform. An effort he said would make America safer.