A Massachusetts sheriff testified before Congress Tuesday that sanctuary cities “have become magnets for illegal aliens, some of which have violent criminal records” and called for the leaders of such cities to be arrested.
According to a Boston CBS station, Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson told the House Subcommittee on Illegal Immigration, “If these sanctuary cities are going to harbor and conceal criminal illegal aliens from ICE, which is in direct violation of Title 8 of the U.S. Code, federal arrest warrants should be issued for their elected officials. Our citizens would be safer if we never stopped enforcing immigration law and if we never formed or turned a blind eye toward sanctuary cities.”
He also harshly criticized a Massachusetts legislator who passed along rumors of a planned ICE raid in Brockton on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Rep. Michelle DuBois, D-Brockton, had warned her constituents in a Facebook post that “if you are undocumented don’t go out on the street. If there is a knock on the door of your house and you don’t know who it is, don’t open the door.”
Hodgson called her actions “the most outrageous, outrageous example of what is going on across the United States that is undermining my job and every other law enforcement officer in the United States."
DuBois said the rumor of the raid was already widespread and she was partly trying to keep ICE out of danger: “Passing information along that is already all-over the community, not only lets the people I represent know what is happening, it lets ICE know that everyone in Brockton is aware of ICE’s planned raid (if there was one),” she said. “Having ICE know that this rumor is ramped allows them to change the date if they feel the public’s knowledge of the raid will bring them into danger.”
ICE was not impressed or grateful. “Any person who actively incites panic or fear of law enforcement is doing a disservice to the community, endangering public safety and the very people they claim to support and represent,” ICE spokesman Shawn Neudauer said.
As CBS reported, Sheriff Hodgson said there is no bigger threat to public safety than illegal immigration. He said his correctional officers have become de facto ICE agents and are able to perform all immigration-related actions.
Earlier this year Hodgson had joined an ICE screening group to identify inmates who may have entered the country illegally. He also made an offer to President Trump to have inmates help build the proposed Mexican border wall.
Hodgson's call to arrest sanctuary city leaders echoes the David Horowitz Freedom Center's call, in a recently initiated campaign, to prosecute the officials leading the pernicious nationwide sanctuary movement protecting illegal aliens. As Horowitz writes, "The Department of Justice needs to investigate and indict the mayors of these municipalities and the derelict presidents and chancellors of sanctuary campuses."
The Freedom Center's campaign targets 11 California schools in the UC and Cal State system. We are putting up “WANTED” posters featuring UC president Janet Napolitano and Cal State University Chancellor Timothy White. The posters call for them to be prosecuted for sedition and for their campuses to be defunded. The posters are part of what will be a national campaign targeting university administrators who, in an effort to appease radical students and faculty, flagrantly break federal law and obstruct federal officials from protecting American citizens.