Richard Jones sounds like my kind of guy. We need a few more of him around... and a few news bureaus who would publish the running total owed by the Federal government to the local departments who are doing their job for them. ---------------------- http://www.wcpo.com/news/2006/local/05/28/immigration.html Immigration Rights Protest In Butler County Reported by: Lynn Giroud Web produced by: Neil Relyea Photographed by: 9News First Posted: 5/28/2006 10:49:19 PM Butler County has been getting a lot of attention for its sheriff's controversial crackdown on illegal immigration. Sheriff Richard Jones has billed the federal government for the cost of jailing illegal immigrants and has even rounded up and detained some illegal immigrants who were working at a construction site. (snip) Jones has drawn national attention for billing the federal government more than $150,000 since last year to cover jail costs for illegal immigrants charged with crimes. And just in the last couple of weeks his deputies detained 18 men who admitted to being here illegally. The sheriff's department was called to a home-building site on the report of a fight when they discovered the illegal immigrants. But deputies had to release them that night because local law enforcement does not have the authority to detain illegal immigrants unless they're charged with a crime. Another controversial crackdown on illegal immigration in Butler County is one proposed by county commissioner Michael Fox. It would require homebuilders to sign pledges that they will not hire illegal immigrants and the county would enforce it by conducting random spot checks. (snip) Fox says it costs taxpayers in Butler County over a half-million dollars a year just to jail illegal immigrants who commit crimes. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) already has its eyes on that proposal, calling it illegal and in violation of civil rights.