Bristol County Sheriff Tom Hodgson of Massachusetts testified before Congress on Tuesday and requested that elected officials who defy federal immigration laws and allow their communities to become “sanctuary cities” be arrested.
In his testimony before the House Judiciary Committee’s subcommittee on immigration and border security in Washington D.C., Hodgson called for federal arrest warrants to be issued for his fellow elected officials.
“These officials pledge not to work with, cooperate, or even communicate with federal immigration enforcement,” Hodgson said.
“As a result, these safe zones have become magnets for illegal aliens, some of which have violent criminal records. At best, sanctuary cities are a direct violation of trust between legal residents and the elected officials who took an oath to protect them at all costs. At the worst, it’s careless, illegal, and extremely dangerous,” he further stated.
Prior to his appearance in D.C. on Tuesday, the Massachusetts law enforcement official had stated that illegal immigration is the “most dangerous issue facing legal residents of the United States.”
“If these sanctuary cities are going to harbor and conceal criminal illegal aliens from ICE … federal arrest warrants should be issued for their elected officials,” Hodgson continued, referring to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.
Hodgson also insisted that sanctuary cities would begin to wane “if their leaders start running into legal trouble.”
Additionally, Hodgson has requested an expanded partnership between local and federal law enforcement officials, citing that corrections facilities should have staffers on hand who are trained to “identify criminal illegal aliens.”
Hodgson then pushed for immigration judges to be available during evening hours to expedite the issuing of warrants, in an effort to “prevent the bail or release of a dangerous criminal illegal alien,” Hodgson said.
He also clarified that his father immigrated to the United States from England and became a citizen “the right, legal way.” He added, “We need to continue accepting immigrants who follow the rules and go through the legal process, not reward those who come here illegally.”
— Sharman Sacchetti (@SharmanTV) March 28, 2017
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