MD Sheriff Combating MS-13 Slams Sen. Durbin for Calling ICE a 'Group of Incompetents'
Sheriff Chuck Jenkins said Monday that Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin's insulting remarks toward Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) were "irresponsible and ignorant."
Durbin (D) called ICE a "group of incompetents" during a Chicago rally for the reunification of children and their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border, one of hundreds held across the country on Saturday.
"At this point they're focused more on toddlers than terrorists," Durbin added.
"Look at ICE (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement), what a group of incompetents. At this point they're focused more on toddlers than terrorists," says Sen. Dick Durbin at rally in Chicago https://t.co/YF62lStm5i pic.twitter.com/xIw2ZBptux
— CNN (@CNN) June 30, 2018
Jenkins has been combating the violent MS-13 gang in Frederick County, Maryland and has said that his county works closely with ICE to deport criminals.
Durbin's remarks added to Democrats' growing anti-Trump rhetoric, which also include Rep. Maxine Waters (Calif.) calling on people to harass members of the president's staff.
"That's a very irresponsible and ignorant statement on [Durbin's] part," Jenkins said on "Fox & Friends."
Jenkins said that Durbin "clearly" does not understand what role ICE plays in combating gang violence, and that Durbin has "demeaned and insulted" its officers.
"It demoralizes, it insults. It really makes you wonder why you do what you do every day," Jenkins said.
Sheriff Chuck Jenkins: “I have worked with people of ICE… they are very dedicated, very committed. They do a tough job and they do it well.” pic.twitter.com/iKi63aHceC
— Fox News (@FoxNews) July 2, 2018
Other notable Democrats, including New York gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon, have called for the abolishment of ICE altogether.
Jenkins - who was invited to a roundtable with President Trump and other sheriffs in February - said that his county is still under threat from MS-13.
"If we stay on-course under this president, we'll get where we need to be," he said.
Watch the segment above.