Eddy County Sheriff Mark Cage is talking about what he hopes to accomplish while he’s in Washington this week.
“We need to fund the president. Five-billion dollars is a lot of money, but the president needs to be funded. We need to build a wall, we need to build a virtual wall, we need to cut the money off to these drug cartels, and we need to protect our citizens,” he said.
Sheriff Cage is among dozens of sheriffs from across the country meeting with lawmakers in DC to talk about border and immigration issues.
Sheriff Cage says his office is seeing an uptick in human trafficking and drugs coming into Eddy County, and he says that’s the case in many New Mexico counties.
“We’re seeing heroin, methamphetamine…it’s all coming together and it’s making a large impact on law enforcement because we’re spread thin to being with. My drug task force is overrun,” Sheriff Cage said.
The sheriff says he wants to see tougher immigration laws so his department has more enforcement power.
One example he gave, would be requiring employers to use the “e-verify” system to ensure people they hire are eligible to work in the U.S.