Massachusetts sheriff calls on Trump administration to “arrest” officials of sanctuary cities who defy the president’s enforcement of immigration law

Friday, March 31, 2017 by

Earlier this week in what some media outlets viewed as a ‘surprise,’ Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the Justice Department would be acting on President Donald J. Trump’s Jan. 25 executive order, which instructs appropriate agencies to withhold taxpayer funds from jurisdictions that refuse to cooperate with federal immigration authorities.

Specifically, said the AG, the so-called “sanctuary cities” outlined in Trump’s order – cities and counties whose local elected leaders have declared their jurisdictions to be off-limits to federal immigration law enforcement – would begin losing federal dollars if they continued with their policies.

That drew angry responses from mayors and other elected officials from many major cities including Los Angeles, Chicago and New York City, among others. Not only did these local leaders vow to fight for their funds, they also openly vowed to defy and oppose federal immigration officials who came to their cities with the goal of identifying and removing individuals who are in the U.S. illegally. (RELATED: Sessions in surprise sanctuary city announcement: Plans to withhold funding)

That blatant defiance was a step too far for one sheriff, ironically, in deep blue Massachusetts, who said any local official who continued to ignore or oppose federal immigration enforcement efforts should be arrested.

As reported by CBS Boston, Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson, in testimony before the House Subcommittee on Illegal Immigration, that cities establishing themselves as sanctuaries for illegal aliens “have become magnets” for them, including many with “violent criminal records.”

Continuing, Hodgson recommended the Justice Department begin taking legal action against local officials openly defying immigration law.

“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,” Hodgson said. “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.”

The sheriff also criticized a Massachusetts state lawmaker who posted on her Facebook page (which has since been removed – it was reproduced here) rumors of a possible Immigration and Customs Enforcement raid in the town of Brockton this week.

Rep. Michelle DuBois, a Democrat from Brockton, wrote, “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.”

This is a legislator, mind you – someone who would otherwise expect citizens of her state to abide by any other laws she would help pass.

Her actions frustrated Hodgson.

“This is 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,” he told the House subcommittee.

He’s right about that, of course. And isn’t it interesting how Democrats seem to believe they have some sort of divine right and privilege to decide which laws are “right” and “just” and therefore should be followed, and which ones should be ignored? (RELATED: Taxpayers To Pay $4.1B For Refugees In 2017)

As for illegal immigrants, don’t be fooled by Democrats’ insistence that they “care more” about poor, noble illegal aliens; they look at them as a constituency or, rather, a potential constituency, since the numbers show first-generation immigrants who have earned legal status vote for Democrats.

As for ICE, the agency says it does not publish details about its upcoming operations ahead of time, nor does it conduct random immigration busts and roundups.

And clearly, the agency was not happy with what DuBois did.

“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 told CBS Boston.

J.D. Heyes is a senior writer for and, as well as editor of The National Sentinel.



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