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Blackburn Consults Local Sheriffs to Combat Illegal Immigration

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Location: Washington, DC

Blackburn Consults Local Sheriffs to Combat Illegal Immigration

Congressman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) met today with several members of Tennessee's law enforcement community, including sheriffs of eight West Tennessee counties to discuss the availability of federal funding and programs to aid local law enforcement in the fight against illegal immigration.

"Illegal immigration is not an issue that only affects the large cities, but also has tremendous impact on the rural areas of the Country. We are living at a time when all states are border states, and all towns are border towns," said Blackburn

The two programs Blackburn highlighted today are the SCAAP (State Criminal Alien Assistant Program) and the 287g waiver. The SCAAP program provides for direct federal dollars to offset the cost of housing captured illegal immigrants, while the 287g program allows local law enforcement to tap into federal resources and training.

"One of the ways we can lead in Congress is to keep our constituents up to date with the latest information and provide tools that are critical to fighting illegal immigration. One of my top priorities is to make sure we are an active partner in the fight to keep our communities safe."

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