Frederick County (Md.) Sheriff Chuck Jenkins, testifies before a Homeland Security Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, March 4, 2009, in Washington.
A Maryland sheriff known for his tough stance on illegal immigration says he's visiting the U.S-Mexico border to get a firsthand look at the influx of unaccompanied children entering the United States.
Frederick County Sheriff Chuck Jenkins said Monday he's joining sheriffs from five other counties across the nation this week on a "fact-finding mission'' sponsored by the Federation for American Immigration Reform. The Washington-based group advocates a temporary moratorium on almost all immigration until America develops a comprehensive immigration reform strategy.
Under Jenkins' management, Frederick County deputies have been trained to check the immigration status of people they arrest.
The Republican sheriff has pushed for a state law that would require local police to question the immigration status of people they suspect may be here illegally.
Last year a federal appeals court ruled that Jenkins and the county were guilty of violating the civil rights of undocumented immigrant. The ruling found that two deputies unreasonably searched seized and arrested the woman while she sat in a supermarket parking lot during her lunch break.
The Supreme Court refused to hear Jenkins appeal.