Law enforcement leaders, including Sheriff Paul H. Fitzgerald, met with President Obama Tuesday, May 13, to discuss immigration policy and the urgency for Congress to vote on common-sense immigration reform.

More than 40 law enforcement officials from across the country met with President Obama, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and other senior officials for a briefing and discussion on how reform will help law enforcement better serve and protect their communities, and the critical role of law enforcement in the current national dialogue.

Sheriff Fitzgerald states, "Considering an estimated 11.5 million undocumented immigrants in the United States, a common-sense approach to immigration reform must be realized which will reduce the burden placed on the local law enforcement throughout the United States and reduce the cost to the local taxpayers.

"Your voices are critical … law enforcement support lends the issue great credibility," President Obama said during the meeting.

Administration officials at the meeting also included; DHS Assistant Secretary Alan Bersin, DHS Deputy Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, White House Domestic Policy Council member Cecilia Muñoz and Assistant Attorney General Tony West.

For further information on this issue, please contact Sheriff Fitzgerald directly in his office at 515-382-7456 or by his cell phone at 515-231-6422.