Sheriffs rip Obama’s ‘strong-armed tactics’ on amnesty

Saturday, February 7, 2015
By Paul Martin

David Clarke: Homeland Security chief guilty of ‘alarmist rhetoric’

Feb. 6, 2105

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson is threatening to withhold federal grants from local law enforcement if Congress refuses to fund President Obama’s executive amnesty.

As the deadline approaches, on Feb. 27, Johnson sent a letter to local sheriffs and city mayors ticking off a list of security functions that would lose grant money if DHS isn’t fully funded, including extra security at schools and colleges, subways, trains and tunnels, surveillance equipment and bomb-sniffing dogs, tanks for firefighters in Denver, 150 firefighter jobs in Detroit and salaries for emergency managers in all 50 states.

Johnson, warning that “the clock is ticking,” demanded a DHS appropriations bill for fiscal 2015, “unburdened by politically charged amendments that attempt to defund our executive actions on immigration reform. The president has made plain that he will veto a bill that includes such language.”

The mayors immediately caved, as the U.S. Conference of Mayors sent a letter to Senate Republican leaders urging them to comply with Obama’s and Johnson’s demands.

But Johnson’s tactics seem to have had the opposite effect on sheriffs like David Clarke Jr. of Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, and Justin Smith of Larimer County, Colorado.

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