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and places counties up against potential legal liabilities that could further strain county funds.”

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There was no shortage of speakers in the public forum portion of Tuesday’s Rockwall County Commissioner’s Court meeting, which mostly focused on Rockwall County Sheriff Harold Eavenson’s recent application for status as a 287(g) law enforcement agency.

Under such status, the Rockwall Sheriff’s department would be agreeing to dedicate resources and manpower to the ICE 287(g) program, which allows local law enforcement to assist in the enforcement of federal immigration law and violations of it.

Eavenson’s application presents a marked difference from his previous public opinion, that the Rockwall County Sheriff’s Department had no business participating in 287(g) agreements.

Among the most vocal opponents to the development was Sol Villasana, president of the Rockwall Chapter of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), who presented complaints based on fiscal responsibility, law enforcement transparency, and community trust in local law enforcement, particularly among Hispanic communities.

“On behalf of Rockwall LULAC, we urge you to withdraw any support for Sheriff Harold Eavenson’s application to collaborate with the ICE 287(g) program,” Villasana said.

“The program has a devastating record of consequences on community relations; it erodes trust in our officers, and makes citizens less likely to report crimes for fear of deportation or being turned over to immigration authorities. Such collaboration strains public funds, and places counties up against potential legal liabilities that could further strain county funds.”

Villasana was left asking the court whether or not Sheriff Eavenson’s department has “enough to do.”

Eavenson attended the Commission meeting but made no comments.  Later, he told the Herald-Banner “Ninety-five percent of what was presented by Sol is flat wrong.”

Eavenson said he will offer a “comprehensive” response explaining how a 287(g) program would be implemented in Rockwall at a time in the near future. His statement was not available in time for the Herald-Banner’s production deadlines.

Villasana also cited a number of Texas counties that have rejected 287(g) agreements due to the financial and manpower costs they would pose to the county, often numbering in the hundreds of thousands of dollars for officer training, increased salaries, and other costs.

“Until now, (Eavenson’s) official stance has been against a 287(g) agreement,” Villasana said after the meeting, “but around November, I started catching wind that he may be changing his mind on that, which is now confirmed. The county deserves to know why he changed his mind, and deserves to know why it should be participating in this, when the monetary and social cost could be so high.”

Three other Rockwall residents and one Royse City resident also addressed the court in opposition to a potential 287(g) program, citing many of the same concerns as Villasana.

The issue was not in the court’s agenda for the meeting and could not be formally addressed by the Commissioners or by County Judge David Sweet.

In other actions, the court:

• Voted to approve the placement of a bronze plaque on the Rockwall County Veteran’s Memorial, listing the county residents who were killed in action in World War I

• Voted to approve the early voting and election day schedule for the 2018 primary elections

• Approved a proposal from Castro Roofing of Texas, L.P. to repair hail damage to roofing at the Rockwall County Historic Courthouse.


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