WASHINGTON (CBS) – A Massachusetts law enforcement official testifying before Congress on Tuesday called for leaders of sanctuary cities to be arrested.

Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson told the House Subcommittee on Illegal Immigration that sanctuary cities “have become magnets for illegal aliens, some of which have violent criminal records.”

“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.”

Bristol County Sheriff Tom Hodgson. (Image from C-SPAN)

He also took aim at a Massachusetts legislator who passed along rumors of a planned ICE raid in Brockton on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Rep. Michelle DuBois, D-Brockton, warned her constituents in a Facebook post “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 “outrageous.”

“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 said.

DuBois said the rumor of the ICE raid was wide-spread in Brockton. “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 said it does not release information regarding future operations and does not conduct random sweeps, checkpoints or raids.

“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.

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.

Hodgson drew criticism from civil rights groups earlier this year when he joined an ICE screening group to identify inmates who may have entered the country illegally. He also made an offer to President Donald Trump to have inmates help build the proposed Mexican border wall.

On Monday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said sanctuary cities like Boston must end, and that those cities risk losing federal money. Democrats across the Commonwealth have pushed back and said they stand with sanctuary cities.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Lana Jones reports

Comments (126)
  1. Agree..,Never should have let illegal aliens in in the first place, settle,plant roots, have kids, change the landscape of govt services and public schools, and then give them sanctuary in American cities, all while remaining in this country illegally, against our laws, and breaking laws….sometimes commiting serious crimes and felonies against American citizens that never should have happened. .

    1. rufusvondufus says:

      Wow, is it ever nice to know there are a few law enforcement officers who understand and expect that our laws be followed. Arrest all of those mayors and council members who voted for sanctuary city, county, state, etc. status. What a grand idea!

  2. I used to give liberals the benefit of the doubt and thought of them as knuckleheads. But years on down the line, it’s become plain that I was too trusting and generous. Today I think of them as dangers to the Republic..

  3. I agree, they are flouting the law and putting American citizens at risk, not to mention draining our resources. Nothing short of theft, if you ask me.

    1. Exacly! Can someone explain how it benefits American citizens, especially those in need of assistance, to bring in illegals who haven’t yet paid one cent to the treasury by way of taxes and give them assistance or the ability to receive benefits? On what planet can I go to another country illegally, give their laws the middle finger, never worked a day or benefited that country in any way, and then EXPECT to be taken care of? It makes no sense, other than to explain it as politics.

  4. redknight says:

    AG Sessions needs to give these sanctuary cities and States 14 days to comply!  Then bring the hammer down.  Cut ALL Federal funding with no recourse!  When all illegals are out and law and order are proven to be restored in these cities and States… Federal funds can be restored.  But each city and State will be strictly monitored for 10 years for Federal compliance.  If a city or State breaks this law… prison will be the only answer for mayors and governors.

  5. Hispandering to people that have family in Mexico or South America that want to come here illegally. Disgusting.

    Prevent them from coming in to begin with. Build the wall!

    We can no longer afford these illegal invaders. It’s too expensive. It’s too risky.

    America was struggling under Barry Hussein. Many of us had our jobs taken by illegals and just had our health insurance taken away by the government. My healthcare is up to $600/month; compare this to my $25/month car insurance (from Insurance Panda) or my $10/month renters insurance. Both private enterprise (take note, Obama).

    Don’t mess this up Trump! We are counting on you!


  6. I completely agree – arrest the politicians who are breaking the law. It is time to get serious and until we do – the liberals will continue to flaunt the law. Eventually we are going to get hit again by another terrorist group and the liberals will blame our security methods! Absolutely insane and it is time to uphold the law.

    1. Stan Olson says:

      If Jason khumalo (@Shanikawm041) is on a liberal web site he takes the opposite political stance to peddle Panda Insurance.

      1. Thanks for the info. I was just wondering about that. :-) But even if someone agrees with my point of view, I still have a policy of deliberately never patronizing any entity that uses guerrilla advertising techniques, spam etc., so this actually hurts them. I’m sure I’m not the only one.

  7. During the election Dems firebombed 2 GOP election offices, spit on, chased than beat Trump event attendees, burned our flag while waving Soviet ones, desecrated Vet memorials, rioted and burned on campus over a Conservative speaker and also beat our kids who tried to attend and are calling for censorship. We even saw public school teachers lead kids out of class to protest a free election!

    Today they still do much of the same. They still riot, beat people and threaten outright gorilla war over a pipeline. Dems, with Obama in the lead, opened our borders and flooded illegals into ready and waiting cities. It ran too smooth not have not been intentional. Now they will use these illegals, along with our minorities and duped children to confront us.
    Dems used race to control with before and, just like now, refused to obey rightful laws of the USA. It lead to a Civil War. Now they are attempting to do it again

    Meanwhile after we delivered amazing victories to the GOP they hide away in their office, speak out about none of this and organize nothing for us.
    We at the ground level will have to organize march and confront these Communists or we risk losing our country and losing our children.

  8. This country is ripe for a civil war! I’d love to see all those mayors who support sanctuary cities arrested! I’d love to hear them explain how someone who comes here ILLEGALLY is ENTITLED to ANYTHING! They are all thieves sucking the life blood out of this country!

  9. Now this is a man. This is a leader Someone who gets it. FALL IN LINE YOU SHILLS!

  10. i cant wait till trump sends in the feds, this show will be epic

  11. The “Patriot Act” allow the arrest of those aiding TERRORISM and that’s what this is about. Bust those traitors who import non-vetted illegals.

    1. if it were only that simple. it appears we need to wait for things to get really bad before we can justify that action. we continue to play the let’s wait and see what happens

  12. hitrestart1 says:

    It’s just amazing that when anyone, and in particular a member of law enforcement, calls for the laws of the land to be upheld it’s considered news.

    OF COURSE leaders of sanctuary cities should be arrested! This is a no-brainer.

  13. What is insidious here is that AG Sessions is not looking to deport ALL illegal immigrants, only those who have committed a crime in the US or came to the US after having committed a crime in their country of origin. That’s it…. the insidious thing about this is that the MSM and the Democrats along with Sanctuary City Mayors and their spokespersons are presenting this as if ICE is going to take all illegal immigrants out of there respective cities which is a lie…. they are inadvertently, or perhaps intentionally creating fear and violence in their cities by doing this… they should be ashamed of themselves…. I agree, give a 30-90 day ultimatum, then pull the money.

  14. Isn’t it ironic how Dems are for banning guns ” if we can save one life” but to he’ll with citizens in deference to those who commit crimes from other countries?

  15. The bottom line is that the law only applies to the “little people” who rarely if ever commit a crime. If you are a politician or a career criminal then the law does not apply to you.

  16. George Soros’ Democrat Party has declared war on the United States. They will be crushed.

  17. Thank God for Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson. If public officials do not comply with United States laws they are criminals and subject to prosecution fines and jail time. What purpose is there in being a nation of laws if a few choose not to respect them? What purpose is there in public officials if they break their oath of office? What purpose is there to law and order if illegals and their sympathizers publicly defy the laws of okur nation? If you don’t like our laws you have two options (1) attempt to influence others and change the laws or (2) find another country to live in.

  18. America is SUPPOSED to be a nation of laws. These mayors, governors and city councils are committing felonies. Arrest them. Or admit the laws don’t apply to politicians and we’ll take it from there.

  19. I’m waiting for someone to explain how it helps American citizens to have so many illegal aliens in the country. It drives down low-end wages. It deprives Americans of jobs. It costs social services dollars. And why? Dumb and dumber.

  20. Finally somebody has the guts to call a criminal a criminal whether elected or not. These “make up your own law” liberals need to be arrested and processed through the same system as everyone else. They should go before a judge for bail and stand trial if necessary.
    I for one would round them up like the low life criminals they are.

    The failure to carry out your sworn duties as an elected official should be reason enough to expel you from office. The liberal ideology has ALWAYS put politics BEFORE the law. Hillary was a master at that. They think that when they are elected to anything they BECOME the law.
    Screw everyone of them.

  21. Been saying’ that all along…Arrest them. If other politicos beneath that arrested leader continue, cut off their funding and keep arresting them and go right on down the line until some common sense takes place… You wont run out of people willing to arrest them both in law enforcement and civilian. If we the people have to take the matter into our own hands with the feds blessing, we will arrest them ourselves.

  22. Of course! Those showing contempt for US immigration laws slapping the faces of legal immigrants should be punished! Those that take exception to this should ask what other laws would they be willing to forego?? The laws intended to punish someone that breaks into your house and rapes your daughter?

  23. Red says:

    With a republican congress and president, I wish we would outlaw Progressivism as an enemy of the state…because it is. And set up internment camps for the lunatic left.

    Ok, ok…I know we cant do that…but a brutha can dream cant he?

    The problem is, I dont thin Trump is actually informed enough to even know what a Progressive really is, although he is learning fast seeing the insanity of the leftists since he was elected…and the other obstacle would be the Progressive Republicans like Lindsay Grahamnesty.

  24. Mike says:

    These “politicians” are going to get innocent citizens, or law enforcement killed. They need to be brought to justice. This sheriff is spot on. Arrest them now for subversion and interfering with federal law enforcement.

  25. And she does it publicly so everyone knows! What a maroon!

  26. Are we a Nation of Laws or not? If we are a Nation of Laws, then they need to be enforced with equal justice. If I violated a Federal Law, I would not be surprised to be arrested. Why does anyone think these elected officials who violate Federal Law concerning illegal immigrants should be treated any differently? Cut off funding to any State, City, County or Town that defies the Law of the Land. Then go in and arrest all those who cause these violations to occur, from the Governor, the Mayor, the County Executive or the town mayor. Put them in jail without bond or bail, and keep them there until they are adjudicated guilty or innocent in a Court of Law. If we are not a Nation of Laws, but a Nation of the whims of men, then stop arresting anyone who commits a crime, get rid of the Judges and Courts, and re-define the duties of Federal, State and Local Law Enforcement. Maybe they can be assigned new duties of helping criminal commit crimes.

  27. while this is a major concern it’s just one of many. one thing seams to be involved in all of it, our gov’t has too much control over our money. whether they commit a crime or not they are still a liability because money is being spent on them that we don’t have.
    when you hear of cuts being made to the welfare budget please don’t complain because part of it goes to these places.

  28. Its really MUCH easier than this… Start executing the fines which are already on the books on the EMPLOYERS who employ illegals in sanctuary cities. You aren’t being MEAN to those poor illegals, you are punishing the evil business owners who are underpaying employees.

    1st offenders fines are $250-$2k PER illegal employee.
    2nd Offense, fines are $2k-$5k PER illegal employee.
    3rd offense + $3k – $10k per illegal employee.

    A pattern of knowingly employing illegal immigrants can mean extra fines and up to six months in jail for an employer.

    Merely follow the laws on the books and these illegals will ‘self deport’ right out of those sanctuary cities OR the cities/states will have to pick up the tab to feed and support them.

    Want to put this process on steroids? Pay 1/3 of the total fines collected from employers ANONYMOUSLY to the US citizens who turned in that employer for hiring illegally and you can whip this problem in 2-3 months TOPS!

    1. What are you trying to say, enforce the law? My that’s a novel idea.

  29. Why is it news when law enforcement enforces the law?

  30. Perhaps Ms. DuBoise will have the joy of being sexually assaulted by one of these illegals who has been deported numerous times and allowed to come back or one who was never reported to ICE because of this stupid sancutary city krap. Wonder if that would change her mind?

  31. Put those recalcitrant officials in Guantanamo.
    Love to see Jerry Brown behind bars, jail bars that is!

  32. Thank God!!! A sane Massachusetts Sheriff!!!

  33. maxkennedyus says:

    Yep, they should be arrested. And I’m surprised they are still serving as officials, as they are required to uphold the laws. Impeached and removed from office also.

  34. Take the money, Spend it in the sanctuary city/states on enforcement. If police or local government help illegals then martial law. Remove them to a Guantanamo holding facility and try them under code. The penalty for aiding or encouraging illegal immigration is 10 years in a federal pen. When local governments fail the fed suspension of habeaus corpus is indicated. this is no different than the civil war period when Lincoln did it for the good of the country. Article 3 Courts have no effect once the executive branch declares Martial Law.

    1. ecmo (@ecmo) says:

      Use the money to build the wall.

  35. rei12015 says:

    Enforce the rule of law. If you break the law or support the breaking of the law then you should be charge and go to jail. Round up every illegal from where ever they came from and send them to their home country. If their country doesn’t want them drop them by parachute, or not.

  36. Lock em UP! Check their campaign contributions to see which drug cartel is supporting the elected official.

  37. To liberals US citizens are not the people they represent; it is illegals and criminals. Beautiful.

  38. “Anti-racists” say there’s a RACE problem. They say it’ll be solved when non-Whites pour into ALL & ONLY White nations and “assimilate” to get a brown mixture.

    They say only White nations have this RACE problem; they say non-White nations are fine.

    If I object to my own genocide these “anti-racists” say I am a naziwhowantstokillsixmillionjews.

    They say they’re anti-racist. What they are is anti-White.

    Anti-racist is a codeword for anti-White.

  39. The sheriff is right… you don’t get to decide what laws you want to follow and what ones you don’t without consequences. My guess is these big city mayors will fall in line after a long weekend in general population.

  40. ABSOLUTELY!….. Thee sooner the better. Time to vote for PATRIOTS, not some back slapping fat boy in a suit that has a few bucks

  41. I think this shows how far we have fallen. That people are celebrating elected officials who break the law. That the left wants to abuse the system and protect, ILLEGAL people. Not legal, but illegal. I do not understand this. Come here legally. Period. All are welcome, legally!

  42. If you’re the Mayor of a major American city who vows to defy federal immigration laws by knowingly harboring and protecting criminal illegal aliens who commit violent crimes against American citizens, you’ve effectively forfeited your position as Mayor and are now a CRIMINAL complicit to these crimes and subject to prosecution to the fullest extent of the law!

  43. My view is this you cannot pick and choose what laws to enforce, the Illegal aliens that are here are braking the law its plain and simple enough with the PC BS

  44. Put the entire Democratic Party leadership defying the law out of office and into federal prison.

  45. The relevant law is 8 USC 1324 (a)(1)(A)(iii), (iv), and (v), and the punishments are in (B)(ii), (iii), and (iv). The worst any of these mayors could face is death by lethal injection.

  46. All sanctuary cities/states/counties etc must end or lose federal money.

  47. #SheriffHodgsonForGovernorOfMassachusetts, voting next year!