It “sucks,” he told about 40 people gathered at the Cobb GOP headquarters Tuesday night for the Cobb Regional Republican Women’s monthly meeting.
Warren said the administration is choosing to selectively enforce immigration laws in hopes to garner favors with the Hispanic population to secure votes, and has intentionally undermined immigration enforcement.
“They’ve extended an open invitation to aliens to enter our country illegally,” Warren said. “I guess they think that this policy of backdoor empathy will improve his presidential political standing with the Hispanic voters. ... It may happen, but look at his poll numbers now.”
He went on to say he will follow all the laws of the county and the state, which received applause from the audience. Warren said he knew he was “preaching to the choir,” but the only solution is to elect officials who will follow all the laws.
“A law’s a law,” he said after the program. “You may not agree with some of them, but … repeal them or throw them out.”
J.D. Van Brink, who chairs the Georgia Tea Party, agreed. He said his organization has a declaration for politicians to sign saying they will support all laws without overstepping their bounds. He said David Perdue has signed it and “we have a chance this November and we have a chance in two Novembers” to elect the right people who will uphold the law.
Warren spoke about the 287(g) program, which gives local and state law enforcement agencies immigration enforcement powers. When it was implemented in 2007, Cobb was the first agency in the state to use it. Since that time, Warren said the sheriff’s office has turned over 15,000 people in the country illegally to federal immigration officials.
He explained the county does not “round up” undocumented workers and can only alert the federal government about people in custody at the Cobb jail.
Warren also said the population at the jail is down since the program went into effect.
He believes the program sends a message that “if you’re going to commit a crime and you’re illegal, you might not want to come to Cobb County.”
He said while there is “no doubt” immigrants need jobs and education, there are people already in the county who need the same things — and they need to come first.
One concern voiced by many in the room was the health impacts of undocumented residents.
“Can you imagine how many people have crossed that border that have disease that could wipe out some little small town?” Warren asked.
Cindi Yeager, a defense attorney, responded by saying her family is renting a house in Marietta so her daughter can go to West Side Elementary after she was repeatedly exposed to lice at her previous school.
“When you have to treat your child for lice 15 times in a two-month period of time, that’s ridiculous,” Yeager said.
Her family previously lived in a house that bordered the west Cobb and Powder Springs area, and Yeager said a large percentage of the population did not speak English at her daughter’s former school. Yeager plans to sell that house.
Yeager said Warren’s comments were accurate and he “does a good job enforcing the law.” She thinks the most important issue with immigration is securing the nation’s borders.
Realtor Sandi Bonner of Acworth thinks the threat of unchecked diseases, such as tuberculosis, is potentially worse than drugs.
“Let’s help our own, and then we can help them,” she said. “Because if we go down, they won’t have a place to go.”
Bonner said she came to hear Warren speak to see how he was making the 287(g) program work.
Like the sheriff, she had strong words about the Obama administration.
“America was founded on the fact that people across the waters did not want to live under that tyranny and I think, I believe, strongly that this administration is trying to lead us into that type of tyranny,” Bonner said.