Pa. County Terminates Its ‘Sanctuary’ Status, Citing Rise in Fentanyl Overdose Deaths, Influx of Drugs

Butler County, Pennsylvania has terminated its designation as a “sanctuary county” for illegal aliens.

County officials announced the move on Tuesday, prompting Butler’s prison board to announce that it will now accept Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainers that include a warrant.

“Borders don’t count, anymore,” Pennsylvania State Rep. Stephanie Scialabba (R) said Friday in an interview with “Fox & Friends First,” when she was asked why the sanctuary issue was even a concern for a county located so far from the southwest border.

Scialabba said that deadly drugs, like fentanyl, have been making their way across the border and into Butler, killing its citizens.

“Our crime is not just DUIs and retail theft anymore. We have drugs,” Richard Goldinger, the county district attorney, told local station WTAE.


“That stuff has not come from citizens that are making fentanyl in Butler County. It’s being brought here,” D.A. Goldinger said.

Reaction by Butler’s residents to the decision to eliminate the county’s sanctuary status has been “overwhelmingly positive,” Scialabba said.


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