The Sheriff Who Sold Amnesty

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The Sheriff Who Sold Amnesty

How did a tough-on-immigrants sheriff wind up convicted for conspiring to harbor illegal aliens? Jimmy Metts, the longest-serving sheriff in South Carolina, exploited the contradictions between anti-immigrant sentiment and the need for cheap, undocumented labor. In 1970, three years before James “Jimmy” Metts became sheriff of Lexington County, there were exactly 107 Mexican-born people living […]

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