Published: Fri, January 06, 2017
Entertainment | By Alexander Flowers

Massachusetts Sheriff Suggests Inmates Can Help Build the Wall

A MA sheriff believes he has a way to aide President-elect Donald Trump in building a wall at the U.S. -Mexico border.

"I can think of no other project that would have such a positive impact on our inmates and our country than building this wall", Sheriff Hodgson said at his fourth inauguration Wednesday night.

Bristol County inmates helped gather and organize supplies to aid Haiti after it was battered by Hurricane Matthew a year ago, Hodgson said, and each of those involved said they would have gone to Haiti to help if given the opportunity.

As the Herald News notes, Hodgson has always been a critic of illegal immigration and frequently attacked President Barack Obama's immigration policies. "It ought to be using whatever resources as creatively as we can to save taxpayer money and make sure our taxpayers are safe, which is another responsibility", Hodgson said.

Hodgson's proposal is an expansion of a work program called "Project N.I.C.E.", which stands for National Inmates' Community Endeavors.

"He added that, "The symbolism of these inmates building a wall. can be very powerful".

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"He's serious about it and we are too", said Hodgson.

"All the sheriff seems to be putting forward is an inhumane treatment of enslaving inmates to perpetuate a fear and perpetuate lies of what immigration means or what undocumented immigration means in this country", said Joseph Curtatone, Somerville, Massachusetts mayor.

Trump promised a border wall throughout the campaign, but also said Mexico would pay for it and that it would serve as a domestic job-creation mechanism.

"These inmates, they're skilled, they want to be able to do these things", he said.

Jonathan Darling, a spokesman for the Bristol County Sheriff's Office, told TPM on Thursday that he had reached out to Trump's transition team about the offer but had not received a response. "It's also likely an attempt by Sheriff Hodgson just to ride this wave and become famous nationally".

The idea is not going over well in some other MA cities, considered "sanctuary" cities for immigrants.

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