The Lake County Sherriff’s Office announced Monday that it was partnering with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to detain undocumented immigrants with criminal records until the federal agency can pick them up for deportation.
On Tuesday, House District 32 candidate Shannon Elswick praised the decision.
“I fully support Lake County Sheriff Peyton Grinnell‘s decision to partner with ICE. Anything we can do to protect residents from potential harm is a positive,” he said in a campaign press release.
“It makes sense for federal and local authorities to work together to rid our community of criminals who broke the law to come to our country in the first place. President Trump’s zero-tolerance policy has made Americans safer than we’ve been in many years. We are a nation of legal immigrants, and Florida should give no quarter to illegal immigrants. Working together to deport illegal immigrants is absolutely the right thing to do.”
Lake County joins 17 other Florida counties that have also made deals with ICE.
Elswick faces Anthony Sabatini and Monica Wofford in the Republican primary to succeed termed-out Yahala Republican Rep. Larry Metz in the fall. All three have gathered enough petition signatures to make the ballot in the Republican-leaning district.
Also running for the Lake County-based House seat are Democrats Cynthia Brown, Sheryl Cohn and Dallas Toth. Brown is the only one of the three prepped to qualify for the ballot by petition.
Elswick is currently leads the overall field in fundraising with $76,000 raised, including a $10,000 loan, and more than $69,000 at the ready.
The primary election is Aug. 28.