Butler County Sheriff, Rick Jones, has again grabbed front-page attention in the local media for his latest attack on the immigrant population of Butler County. No longer content to simply enforce Ohio law, Mr. Jones now wants to be in charge of deporting people as well.
As reported by the Cincinnati Enquirer, Sheriff Jones recently had eight of his deputies trained by the federal government so that they can initiate deportation proceedings against people who Sheriff Jones suspect may be illegal aliens. After a training program of just a few short weeks (paid for by taxpayers), these deputies may now attempt to initiate deportation proceedings against anyone in the Butler County Jail at Sheriff Jones’s direction. This new power means that immigrants in Butler County could face the possibility of deportation proceedings after being charged with nothing more than a speeding ticket.
Sheriff Jones says he has no intention of taking such actions over minor offenses â€œjust yet.â€ However, that does not appear to be true. Every day, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Agents call the Butler County authorities to ask whether they should come to process anyone for deportation. Where is the office for Butler County ICE agents? In Sheriff Jones’s backyard – the old Butler County Jail.
Now, more than ever, immigrants charged with crimes in Butler County need skilled legal representation to help them through difficult situations like this. If you or someone you know is in trouble, please feel free to call Mark Godbey and Associates at (513) 241-6650. We offer a FREE consultation to discuss the case in detail, quote fees, and advise you about the best way to handle your situation. Then you can decide if you would like us to help you. We have an attorney who is fluent in Spanish if you need translation help and we offer weekend and evening appointments at offices conveniently located in both West Chester and Cincinnati.
Blake P. Somers, Attorney at Law
Mark E. Godbey & Associates
708 Walnut Street, Suite 600
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
(513) 241 – 6650 phone
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