The people of Florida are coming together to support each other in preparation for Hurricane Irma. But according to one Florida Sheriff, this group of people are not welcome.
In a series of tweets, Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd, warned sexual predators that they will not be welcomed in Polk County evacuation centers. “If you go to a shelter for #Irma, be advised: sworn LEOs will be at every shelter, checking IDs. Sex offenders/predators will not be allowed.” However, predators can still find shelter from the storm, “we’ll gladly escort you to the safe and secure shelter called the Polk County Jail,” Sheriff Judd added.
The Polk County Sheriff clarified that there would be no Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents at the Irma shelters, and that illegal immigrants will not be checked while searching for shelter. Instead, Florida law enforcement officers will be standing by to arrest sexual predators and child offenders.
“Everyone here is welcome at our shelter unless you’re a sexual predator or a child offender. Then we’re not going to have you here,” Judd explained.
Fox & Friends co-host Ainsley Earhardt appeared to appreciate the Sheriff’s commitment to keeping the shelters safe. “Good for you,” she encouraged, adding, “we watched all those videos of what was happening in Harvey, and our question was: all these kids are sleeping in the big auditorium, in the big coliseum, with men with women, you don’t know who these people are.”
Sheriff Judd says the people of Florida also appreciate his department’s actions. “Keep in mind, the kids that are in a daycare today may very well be in a shelter this weekend. Do you want a sexual offender or predator sleeping next to them?” he asked.
However, not all Floridians are appreciative of the Sheriff’s tough on predators approach. The Florida branch of the Left-leaning American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) released a statement criticizing the decision on Twitter.
“Most people with outstanding warrants are dealing with low-level and non-violent offenses and pose no risk,” wrote the ACLU. “Sheriff Judd’s threatening tweets send the message that these individuals must choose between facing a natural disaster without aid and shelter or going to jail over things like unpaid traffic tickets.”
The ACLU statement utterly misrepresents what Sheriff Judd actually announced. No one will be arrested for unpaid traffic tickets. Not even illegal immigrants are at risk of being checked. Instead, it is only sexual predators and child offenders who are at risk.
By releasing their misleading statement, it appears the ACLU of Florida is siding with sexual predators over their child victims.
Sheriff Judd reacted to the ACLU statement, telling the Left-leaning organization that if they feel safe with sexual predators, they can open up their own homes. “We don’t arrest people for simple traffic offenses. The ACLU is just blustering like they normally do,” he added.
The Sheriff explained that it is his duty to arrest dangerous lawbreakers with outstanding warrants and that this duty does not stop for a hurricane.
During a time in which displaced families with children are seeking refuge from the hurricane, the Sheriff’s measure can offer some semblance of safety. That small piece of comfort could improve the stress of these families as they ride out the storm.