Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims is back in Fresno after attending a Washington, D.C. roundtable discussion on California sanctuary state law attended by President Trump and other California Sheriffs and officials.
Mims had an exchange with the President, during which she said that sanctuary state guidelines made her unable to communicate with ICE agents, even if she knew that a member of the vicious MS-13 gang member was in her jail. That comment prompted the President to refer to MS-13 gang members as “animals”. The quote was taken out of context by many national news organizations, most of which have since corrected the error.
On Thursday Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Gavin Newsom was in downtown Fresno for a campaign stop at Bitwise. During that stop Newsom said that Mims wasn’t being truthful when she described the constraints placed on her department by California’s sanctuary state law. Newsom opined, “A lot that was said yesterday in the white house was simply stated, a lie”..
On Friday the Fresno County Democratic Party issued a press release rebuking Mims for attending the roundtable. In the release Party Chairman Michael Evans wrote “How many farmers has Sheriff Mims arrested for employing undocumented workers? How many well-to-do homeowners has Sheriff Mims arrested for employing undocumented help? He went on to say “Mims’ peculiar county sanctuary policy protects primarily wealthy White people, whereas the state sanctuary policy protects primarily lower-income People of Color. Her approach is classist and racist.”
On Friday we spoke with Sheriff Mims to get her take on the comments being made by top California Democrats.
In response to Newsom’s comment that she was being disingenuous when talking about Trump, and exaggerating the restrictions sanctuary state law places on ICE agents access to jail data bases, Mims says of Newsom, “Its absolutely in the law that ICE can not have access to local data bases, so he doesn’t even know what’s in the law”
In response to Evans allegations of racism and uneven enforcement of the law Mims replied, “He’s sticking up for criminals. And I think that’s a big difference. We’re not talking about our hard working immigrants”.
At the end of the week Sheriff Mims had reached a conclusion about the hard line Democratic position against President Trump. “He could say something completely wonderful, and they’re not going to agree or spin it in a negative way. So its all about politics”