BOSTON (CBS) – Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson is furious over the Department of Homeland Security’s decision to end the county’s ICE contract to detain immigrants.
The detention center in Dartmouth has been accused of overcrowding and inhumane conditions. It was also the subject of a scathing report from Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey.READ MORE: NH Police Searching For Missing 5-Year-Old Boy Elijah Lewis
Sheriff Hodgson called the decision to close the facility a “political hit job”.
“She made public charges against my people, who are amongst the best in this nation, accused them of a crime,” Hodgson said Friday. “She said they violated these peoples’ civil rights. It’s been a year now attorney general, where are the charges?”READ MORE: Case Of Rat-Borne Bacterial Disease Identified In Boston
Attorney General Maura Healey told WBZ it was her job to file the report, not pursue charges.
“I think he should be ashamed of himself for making this a political issue,” Healey said. “Here it was just so clear based on the evidence that Sheriff Hodgson is not up to the task of housing immigration detainees and will not be doing so going forward.”MORE NEWS: 12-Year-Old Boy Struck By Car, Seriously Injured In Taunton
The seven immigrants currently detained will be moved to another facility.