Explain your answer to Stonegarden funding (optional).
The Operation Stonegarden is not "free money." It comes with strings attached. The grant requires our sheriff's deputies to work for the US Border Patrol under the direct supervision of BP agents. Our deputies must make saturation traffic stops on flimsy pretexts such as a broken taillight. Then they must call ICE to determine the immigration status of anyone they deem suspicious. This leads to rampant racial profiling, as documented in data collected by the Sheriff's Department, and it leads to distrust in our most vulnerable communities. These activities do not help keep us safe, which should be the number one mission of our deputies. Deputies should not be forced to act as immigration agents.
I have always and consistently advocated accepting all Stonegarden grants and other State and Federal fundings. We have a crisis in Pima County, particularly along our southern border, dealing with drug cartels, human and gun trafficking and illegal entry into Pima County. Stonegarden grants would provide much needed financial aid and would give our Law Enforcement entities the support necessary to provide for the safety of our citizens and our community. It makes no sense that after 12 years of unanimous acceptance of these very same grants by the Board of Supervisors, that suddenly they have become unacceptable.