A Massachusetts sheriff says the Biden administration has endangered citizens in his county by ending a partnership between his office and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
Bristol County Sheriff Tom Hodgson was notified in May that ICE was terminating his long-standing contract under the 287(g) program, which enables local law enforcement agencies to help enforce U.S. immigration laws and detain illegal aliens.
Sheriff Hodgson detailed the situation further while he was in Washington D.C. to speak at a border security forum hosted by three Republican Senators last week.
In an interview with The Daily Signal, Hodgson explained how he received the troubling news during a three-way call with an ICE official who claimed the agency didn’t “need as many beds” for illegal alien detainees and would be shutting down his 287(g) program.
“We’ve been doing this for 25 years. We’ve never failed an audit. Why would you be doing this?” Hodgson says he told the ICE official.
“It was a clear political hit. We knew it and there will be more to come about it,” he asserted. “They violated our contract, came in, and within hours shut it down. Within two hours they said they were taking the credentials from [staff] and confiscated all the ICE equipment.”
Sheriff Hodgson says the flow of illegal aliens into his county has increased since the Biden administration took power.
“Ultimately it left my people and my county less safe than they otherwise would have been and were until they walked in for political purposes instead of supporting the public safety initiatives of local law enforcement,” he said.
“Bristol County, Massachusetts, which most people don’t recognize, has had the highest influx of illegal aliens between 2007 and 2017. That in part has everything to do with Massachusetts creating these sanctuary cities, which protect these illegal aliens when they arrive there and it makes it more difficult for law enforcement to identify them.”
Sheriff Hodgson has frequently stood up to globalist politicians advancing lawless immigration agendas.
Last year, he slammed a court order to release illegal aliens from detention during the coronavirus crisis, warning most would simply disappear.
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