By Sheriff Scott Henriod WPCSO

This week’s Sheriff’s corner I would like to ask the public for assistance.

In 1989 the Sheriff’s Office obtained a grant called the Byrne Justice Assistance Grant. Every year since then the Sheriff’s Office has continued its efforts in obtaining this grant and has been successful.

This grant is used to pay the wages of two deputies that are assigned to the Eastern Nevada Narcotics Task Force.  This task force is used to combat the illegal drug activity in White Pine County, Lincoln County and Eureka County.

The two deputies assigned to the task force work directly with the Nevada Department of Public Safety and combine resources to make an effective team.

Last month the Sheriff’s Office was notified that the monies for the grant, which we had been approved to receive for this year are being withheld due to an executive order from President Trump’s administration. The order indicates that the allocated funds for the grants will be withheld until states and local communities certify compliance with 8 USC Section 1373.

This is the Federal law that prohibits states and local jurisdictions from impeding the sharing of an individual’s immigration statues with federal authorities.

Although Nevada is not a sanctuary state the executive order is a blanket approach throughout the United States for all agencies who receive funds under this grant to make those that are sanctuary cities come into compliance.

This is where I need your assistance. Letters of support are needed to request the release of the (JAG) grant monies. Please contact the following individuals either by email or mail: Donald J. Trump President of the United States. The Honorable Mitch McConnell Majority Leader, The Honorable Chuck Schumer Minority Leader The Honorable Paul Ryan Speaker United States House of Representatives The Honorable Nancy Pelosi Minority Leader United States House of Representatives. Mail can be sent to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Washington DC 20510.

Thank you for your assistance. We need this resolved as soon as possible so we can insure the residents of White Pine County continually receive the necessary law enforcement protection needed.