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Jones is known nationwide for his tough stance on illegal immigration, including posting a sign outside the Butler County Sheriff's Office that reads, "Illegal Aliens Here" with an arrow pointing toward the building. In July 2014, Jones criticized a Cincinnati immigrant-friendly initiative pushed by Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley, saying it would damage the legal immigration process.
On July 2, 2014, Jones sent Obama, as well as Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a letter stating, “our nation’s current immigration crisis is a direct result of our country’s inability to control its border.”
He said 18 months later there’s been no “meaningful” action taken in regards to securing the border.
In the letter they write, “In fact, all evidence points to a worsening state of security and continued erosion of confidence in the government’s ability to protect the American people.”
Beagle is one of 15 Republicans seeking Ohio's 8th Congressional District seat that was held for 25 years by former House Speaker John Boehner, who retired from Congress in October. Last month, Jones decided to endorse Beagle for the seat.
The primary election to replace Boehner is set for March 15, and early voting in Ohio has already began.