CLERMONT COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE
A. J. Rodenberg, Jr., Sheriff
"Leadership By Example"
Office (513) 732-7500
May 19, 2006
Re: Illegal Immigrants
The issue of illegal immigrants has emerged as a top priority item. Although the roots of this problem have been growing for years it has recently taken center stage. We are increasingly being asked what we are doing in Clermont County to address the issue. The good news is that to date we have not have any noticeable criminal activity or other problems related to illegal immigrants. A check with our court system also reveals that the number of illegal immigrants that appear in Clermont County Courts is virtually nil. Simply put, at this time it is not an issue we have had to address here. That being said, however, citizens should rest assured that we will continue to monitor the situation both nationally and locally for any trends or spikes that might occur, and will adjust our approach and operations accordingly. Although I am not suggesting that illegal immigration should be ignored, I believe to a certain extent the issue has taken on greater significance than in past years largely because of political and media attention. The issue or problem however you define it did not suddenly occur overnight. It is only recently with increased news coverage and the statements of some elected officials that illegal immigration has become a hot topic item.
Some citizens have asked what they can do about the illegal immigrant problem. Anyone who has a reliable or credible belief that there are illegal immigrants living or working at a given location should first call the office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement at (866) 347-2423 or (513) 684-2930. This is the federal government agency that has the responsibility and authority to enforce immigration laws and they are in the best position to take direct and immediate action. Secondarily, if the response received from that agency is not satisfactory a call can be made to the local law enforcement agency in which the illegal immigrants are suspected of living or working. I hope that this information has helped to explain the illegal immigrant situation as it presently exists here in Clermont County.
If you have any questions or comments you may call us at (513) 732-7500 or e-mail us through our website email address.
Sheriff A.J. Rodenberg, Jr.