Contact Us
Make My Homepage

Sheriff Hodgson Invites Rep. Cabral to Immigration Debate on WBSM

TSM/Dan McCready
TSM/Dan McCready

The battle continues between Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson and New Bedford State Representative Antonio Cabral.

Cabral has pushed for legislation that would block the 287G program, which empowers eight members of the Bristol County Sheriff’s Office to have the same powers as federal immigration authorities, in order to question and detain illegal immigrants. Hodgson stressed this is only for immigrants that are already in their custody, to determine if they are a danger, because often times they are released on bail before an ICE officer can even make it to the House of Corrections to question them.

Cabral is attempting to block state money from funding the program through proposed legislation, but Hodgson told WBSM’s Barry Richard that’s not even an issue.

“The truth of the matter is, and if Representative Cabral had called me and asked me that, he would have known that the federal government is paying for everything,” Hodgson said. “For him to put that out there in the public is really irresponsible.”

Hodgson has invited Cabral to appear on Richard’s program for a public debate on the facts of the 287G program, so the public can hear both sides of the debate.

“We work for them,” Hodgson said. “If Mr. Cabral feels his arguments are sound and not rooted in some other motivation, then by all means I respect that, but the public should have the right to know what each of us feels about why we’re motivated to do what we’re doing.”

Cabral has not yet responded to Hodgson’s invitation.


Best of WBSM

Recommended for You

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for 1420 Club quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive 1420 Club contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.