“I tell ICE come show me a warrant.” –Sheriff Ashley Paulk

It’s good to see a Democrat doing the right thing, like Sheriff Ashley Paulk:
“I tell ICE come show me a warrant.”

Show me a warrant

“Show me a warrant” —Sheriff Ashley Paulk at Lowndes County Commission Annual Planning Day 1, February 16, 2017 Photo and video by Lowndes Area Knowledge Exchange (LAKE) Sheriff Paulk said that at the Lowndes County Commission Annual Planning Day 1, February 16, 2017, and he explained why:  
“There was a question that came up about immigration and hispanics: what’s going on with that. You know, you’ve got to prioritize, in my opinion.

Lowndes County Commission and Sheriff Paulk

Sheriff Ashley Paulk at Lowndes County Commission Annual Planning Day 1, February 16, 2017 Photo and video by Lowndes Area Knowledge Exchange (LAKE) “This is what I tell ICE, I dealt with ICE back in the ’90s: If they’ve got a warrant for a bad person, a felon, a robbery or killing…. Hispanics are not troublesome people. So you want to go out and get a man that’s working…. Maybe he’s not paying federal taxes, but you know he is working, gainfully employed, he goes home at night and goes to bed, doesn’t breaking into cars and houses. You want concentrate on the criminals who are doing the shooting and everything else, not go out and get people out of the fields picking vegetables.

Concentrate on criminals

“Concentrate on criminals” —Sheriff Ashley Paulk at Lowndes County Commission Annual Planning Day 1, February 16, 2017 Photo and video by Lowndes Area Knowledge Exchange (LAKE) “The only problem you have with hispanics is they don’t have driver’s licenses, and they will get drunk, but usually not so bad to drink and drive. “I tell ICE come show me a warrant. I’m not saying we’re a sanctuary, but we’ve got more important things to do as far as looking after this county.”
John Stephen, Valdosta Daily Times, February 21, 2017, Sheriff not targeting illegal immigrants,
PULL QUOTE: “Do you want to concentrate on the criminals, who are doing the shooting and everything else, or go out and try to get people out in the fields picking vegetables?”
Many of the comments on that VDT article were pretty negative, although the farmers commenting got it: you try to hire local labor to work in the fields and see how many will last more than an hour. Other commenters suggested prisoners. Certain of our elected officials pushed using probationers for farm work six years ago, and farmers were not having it. As one said at the time:
“I have tried working with probationers and I’ll just say that it was a very inconsistent supply of workers.”
A month after that VDT article, County Commissioner Demarcus Marshall, also a Democrat, asked Sheriff Paulk how many such arrests had there been. This was at the County Commission’s annual budget request meetings, Day 2 or 3, March 28, 2017. Sheriff Paulk reiterated his position and backed it up with law and finances:

Sheriff Ashley Paulk at Lowndes County Commission, Budget Requests day 2, March 28, 2017 Video by Lowndes Area Knowledge Exchange (LAKE)
“My position on that, you know: we’re going to look at people if they got a warrant. And in my 17 years we had one, one illegal immigrant that did a major crime. He did a murder in Mexico and he was employed by the City of Valdosta. He was a very good employee; he’d been here quite a while. “But uh, you know people got to look at it, if you go out…. All right, just because somebody is hispanic, if you stop them, if you start arresting them, all right, you’re violating federal law; you’re profiling. And there’s a lot of hispanics here that are here legally. So you start doing that, and it’s just not a good use of your resources. “I mean, these people are very, the hispanics in my history you know they’re hard working, they go home at night. Yes, the young guys will do like every other guy that’s 20 years old. They’ll get to drinking, drink some beers, get in a fight every now and then. All in all, you know the crime rate of hispanics is not there. And so if ICE comes in here and they got warrants, we’re going to look for them just like anybody else and we’ll arrest them, you know. “But you just gotta prioritize what you you’re gonna do. And you know if they’re not a problem to us. But they’re such an asset to the farmers. I mean Echols County, and not just farmers. Go out to the new high school. Every mason out there seems to be hispanic. I mean they can’t find in the construction indsutry. You would shut down the economy if you did, if you just went out and wholesale locked them up. “And then you gotta feed ’em. You’re going to keep them about three months and ICE is going to say, well, we’re not going to send a bus, turn them loose. So you sat there and you spent $150, $200,000 and you’ve got no results except feeding people you know for three months. “I look at that as you’ve gotta prioritize. You know I want to cover the robberies, the rapes, and things like that. Which they’re not doing.”

Sheriff Ashley Paulk at Lowndes County Commission, Budget Requests

Sheriff Ashley Paulk at Lowndes County Commission, Budget Requests day 2, March 28, 2017 Photo and video by Lowndes Area Knowledge Exchange (LAKE) Congratulations to Sheriff Paulk for doing the right thing and sticking to it! You can become an LCDP member or renew today to help elect Democrats!