Republican Governor Threatens To Remove Sheriffs Who Won’t Detain Illegals

When it comes to enforcing immigration law, Governor Paul LePage of Maine is not playing around. He has even put some of his own sheriffs on notice, telling them that they better follow the law.

The Bangor Daily News reported:

LePage threatens to remove Maine sheriffs who won’t detain immigrants

Gov. Paul LePage said Monday that he might remove two Maine sheriffs for what he called lack of cooperation with immigration officials — an apparent shot at one who has said he wouldn’t automatically hold inmates past release dates for the federal government.

The Republican governor told conservative radio host Laura Ingraham that he would issue an executive order because Maine has “a couple of sheriffs who say they’re not going to work” with federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials.

“So, there’s likelihood that you’re going to be hearing some stories about some sheriffs being removed from their duties,” LePage said.

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Sheriffs are elected in Maine, but the state Constitution includes a way to remove them: After a complaint, due notice and a hearing, the governor can remove a sheriff if he finds they are “not faithfully or efficiently performing any duty” imposed on them by law…

LePage spokeswoman Julie Rabinowitz didn’t respond to a question on who the sheriffs referenced by the governor were, but she said in an email that while no removal proceedings have begun, LePage’s “first responsibility” is “safety and security of the children, families and citizens” of Maine.

Good for him and good for the people of Maine for electing him.


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