ROCKINGHAM COUNTY N.C. -- More than 1,400 miles separate Rockingham County from Hidalgo Co, Texas. Rockingham County Sheriff Sam Page made the trip to get a first hand look at immigration problems in Texas.
"We saw, I think it was, not quite 300 people that were in the facility," Page said. "I saw young people, teenagers, babies, mamas, I saw different age groups."
North Carolina is second in the Southeast - after the Atlanta area - for drug trafficking. Sheriff Page says that's linked to immigration problems.
"In two to three days, what comes through the border, doesn't stay at the border," Page said. "It can end up in North Carolina. The drug trafficking, and the criminal activity, and the gangs.
Thursday, he and six other sheriffs from around the state will go out with Texas Department of Safety agents to see some of the issues and terrain.
Sheriff Page is using vacation time for the trip.