TISHOMINGO, Okla. (KTEN) — Johnston County Sheriff Gary Dodd has launched a fundraiser to help his law enforcement colleagues along the U.S-Mexico border.

Dodd said he was motivated after seeing the struggle to deal with a surge in immigrants at the frontier. His goal? $1 million.

"We have to secure the border," Dodd said. "We can't let people flood into our country unvetted."

But GoFundMe suspended his fundraising account, saying he had violated its policies. So he's moved on to a platform called Fundly.

Dodd said even though Johnston County is hundreds of miles from the southern border, illegal drugs that flow from that region can find their way into his territory. 

So his campaign aims to raise money for equipment, lodging and meals for law enforcement dealing with the issues.

"No sheriff is saying that they don't believe in immigration; we believe in lawful immigration," Dodd said.