A Louisiana sheriff derided what he called a double standard coming from those who are opposed to President Trump's swift actions to combat illegal immigration.

Sheriff Greg Champagne, of Saint Charles Parish, said a closer look at the argument makes it clear it's "all about the messenger and not the message."

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Champagne noted former President Barack Obama deported an estimated 2.5 million illegal immigrants in his second term, but received little backlash from liberal precincts that have been a thorn in Trump's side since his campaign.

There was "no uproar" against Obama, he said.

He also dismissed the notion that ICE agents and local authorities are actively "round[ing] up kids from schools or [illegals] who are law-abiding" and sending them back to Mexico.

"If they are arrestable on a state or local offense, they are arrested," he said, adding that ICE is often notified if the inmate is then found to be in the United States illegally.

"We are a nation of laws," he said. "We have to bring a halt to the influx of illegal immigration at our Southern border."

Champagne also criticized Gov. Dan Malloy (D-Conn.) who on Thursday told his state's law enforcement to ignore federal policies regarding processing illegal immigrants at schools and prisons.

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