El Paso sheriff blocks deputies from working at tent city for migrant children
A sheriff in El Paso has ordered his deputies to not work at a tent city for detained migrant children in Tornillo, Texas.
“The Sheriff’s Office will not be working at these facilities, as we don’t support the current administration’s position of separating children simply to discourage illegal immigration,” Sheriff Richard Wiles told Texas Monthly.
Wiles told the publication that federal officials asked him to provide off-duty deputies to work at the facility near El Paso, but that he turned down the offer.
“I just thought that if the citizens saw that we were working there in an off-duty capacity, it may be [seen] as if we were approving of the administration’s policy, and it would hurt our relationship with the community that we serve,” he said.
Law enforcement officials will often work other jobs while they’re not on duty, but supervisors must sign off on the work.
El Paso city officials told Texas Monthly that the city hadn’t received any requests for police or firefighters to work at the shelter.
The temporary tent city holding migrant children in Tornillo was constructed as the Trump administration separated immigrant children and parents apprehended illegally crossing the southern border.
The facility has earned national attention, and hundreds protested outside the tent city on Father’s Day, including Reps. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) and Joe Kennedy III (D-Mass.)
President Trump signed an executive order on Wednesday to end the policy of separating immigrant families after facing overwhelming criticism.
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