Butler County sheriff sends bill to Mexico over costs to jail undocumented migrants

HAMILTON, Ohio – Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones wants Mexico’s president to fork over some cash.

Jones says his county has become so overwhelmed with undocumented migrants that he sent a letter to Mexico President Enrique Peña Nieto Friday, billing him for the costs associated with jailing them.

"We have arrested over 3,000 Mexican Nationals for committing local crimes," Jones wrote in the letter. "They were then placed in my jail... Using a daily cost rate of $60/day, this equates to a total cost in excess of $900,000 USD just for housing your criminal aliens."

After sending the letter and bill, Jones told conservative news outlet ‘The Blaze’ he didn’t get the response he imagined.

“The (U.S.) federal government sends me a letter and said I violated a treaty of like, 1790,” Jones said. “I (had) sent him a bill for the prisoners that are in my jail. They came here illegally. I’ve not gotten any money from them, but I billed them so much. And I’ll tell you what I got in return: My life was threatened.”

During an appearance on Fox News Monday, Jones said drug cartel chiefs placed him on a “hit list.”   

Jones said he’s also written a letter to President Barack Obama “asking and pleading with him not to bring these people here to the state of Ohio, and to secure our borders,” according to The Blaze.

“We’ve had horrendous crimes here in this community,” Jones told The Blaze . “We had a senior citizen, an elderly lady, molested by a teenager that came over from Mexico. We had another one molested — an 8-year-old girl. We’ve had drugs pouring in, more so than before the government said the borders were sealed.”

Jones also said Butler County is being “run over by drug dealers” and violence has increased.

Jones said Butler County spends about $9 million each month on welfare programs, which he called “free stuff.” He said that’s “some of the reason that (Mexicans) come here.”

“It’s a terrible, terrible tragedy,” Jones told The Blaze. “People’s lives are being threatened. It’s in the state of Ohio, for crying out loud. We’re not in Arizona; we’re not in California.”

This isn’t the first time Jones has sent a letter to Mexico.

In 2010, Jones threatened to sue Mexico over illegal drugs and undocumented migrants.

In a letter sent to then Mexico President Felipe Calderón, Jones said he wanted to recoup local tax dollars spent on detaining and housing undocumented migrants in the county’s jail and seizing drugs coming into the area.


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