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Rep. Ken Buck meets with AG Jeff Sessions, others to talk immigration

Tyler Silvy
tsilvy@greeleytribune.com

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Eliminating immigration loopholes, reducing false claims for asylum and refugee status, and withholding federal money from sanctuary cities were among the topics Rep. Ken Buck, among others, discussed recently with Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

The meeting, May 10 at Sessions' office, included Buck, a Windsor Republican; Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz.; Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz.; as well as each representative's chiefs of staff, and included an update from Sessions on pending court cases involving Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. Sessions thinks President Barack Obama's letter deferring deportation will be eliminated by the courts, according to a news release from Buck's office.

The meeting was an opportunity for the three congressmen to share their concerns and seek ways to partner with the attorney general to strengthen immigration enforcement, according to the release.

"Congress and the Executive Branch must take bold actions to stop the rampant illegality at our Southwest border and to encourage sanctuary cities to change their policies," Sessions said, according to the release.

Buck, who previously said in a phone interview with The Tribune he doesn't want to withhold federal money from so-called sanctuary cities, calling it a negative approach, was complimentary of Sessions.

"I thank Attorney General Sessions for leading the effort to secure our border and fight the sanctuary city policies that allow heroin traffickers to walk our streets, suppress wages for American workers and burden our education, health care and judicial systems," Buck said.

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The heroin claim first cropped up at a Feb. 15 House Judiciary Committee hearing featuring Denver Police Union President Nick Rodgers, who claimed the city's policy impeded police efforts to combat the opioid crisis. Buck, who sits on the judiciary committee, had his office tout the meeting before and after, but national reporting suggests there's little evidence to back up Rodgers' claim. The Denver Police Department, in fact, disagrees with Rodgers' assessment, according to reporting from the Tribune News Service.

Dr. Keith Humphreys, former senior policy adviser for the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, told the news service in February drug suspects can post bond wherever they're arrested, and once an undocumented immigrant is convicted, ICE is notified regardless of the location.

"Not to mention, everyone involved in drug dealing is very replaceable," Humphreys told the Tribune News Service. "You hold a guy in jail for a few more days, another person just takes his spot."

— Tribune News Service contributed to this report