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Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson blasts Boston legal organization over immigration letter


DARTMOUTH – Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson lashed out at the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice and Executive Director Ivan Espinoza-Madrigal, calling several claims made by the civil rights organization in a November letter “absurd” and “preposterous.”

“Your claim that partnering with ICE through the 287(g) program is ‘fiscally irresponsible’ and ‘dangerous for public safety’ could not be further from the truth. Since when is utilizing every available resource, from sharing intelligence to enforcement and removal, bad policy?” Sheriff Hodgson wrote this week.

The response stems from a letter send by Mr. Espinoza-Madrigal dated Nov. 27 in which he says his organization “strongly opposes” the recent news that the Bristol County Sheriff’s Office has cemented its partnership with ICE on immigration enforcement through the 287(g) program.

“We will be monitoring the Bristol County Sheriff’s Office for compliance with federal and state civil rights and anti-discrimination laws,” Mr. Ivan Espinoza-Madrigal wrote.


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