As the clock ticks down to Inauguration Day and the world awaits a new era in American politics and policy, few questions loom larger than The Wall.
President-elect Donald Trump’s great barrier along the Mexican border will be designed to keep illegal immigrants out, but a Massachusetts sheriff has another American benefit on his mind, according to The Washington Times: Inmates can provide free labor to help build it.
Bristol County Sheriff Thomas M. Hodgson, just elected to a fourth term, said his plan would pay dividends for the both the country and the inmates.
“I can think of no other project that would have such a positive impact on our inmates and our country than building this wall,” he said, according to Boston Herald.
“Aside from learning and perfecting construction skills, the symbolism of these inmates building a wall to prevent crime in communities around the country, and to preserve jobs and work opportunities for them and other Americans upon release, can be very powerful,” Hodgson added.
As many communities across the country protect illegal immigrants, refuse to cooperate with law enforcement, and even risk loss of federal funding that helps to protect their own citizens, Sheriff Hodgson’s remarks were refreshing, brave and insightful.
Even the nonpartisan Center for Immigration Studies seemed to consider it a brilliant idea.
“If illegal immigration is successfully slowed and enforcement increased in the interior, then construction is one of the industries where there should be some better job opportunities for Americans and legal immigrants,” said Jessica Vaughan, CIS policy studies director.
Brandon Judd, the head of the Border Patrol Agents’ Union and an adviser to Trump’s transition team, absolutely nailed the issue in an interview on National Public Radio in November. He said that a strategically built border will be “100 percent effective” in stopping illegal border crossing.
“We’re excited that we’re going to be able to do our job. Under the Obama administration, law enforcement were being handcuffed and the criminals were being let go,” Judd said.
Mexico, of course, wasn’t having it. “It is in our interests to have a safe and efficient border,” said Carlos Manuel Sada Solana, Mexico’s ambassador to the U.S.
Baloney. If Mexico wasn’t benefiting so handsomely from the current situation (think some $25 billion in remittances each year), they’d have been more cooperative while they had the chance.
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