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President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, and the House Freedom Caucus met with around 60 sheriffs from around the country as they demand a border wall and more ICE funding.
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Progress toward a bipartisan funding package for border security stalled over the weekend due to a dispute between Republicans and Democrats over the use of detention centers at the border. Democrats have called for there to be fewer beds in ICE detention centers, which would effectively limit the number of immigrants that could be arrested at the border.
According to one sheriff, that would be a “catastrophe.”
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Hodgson also said that if the policy passes Congress, the sheriffs will have to release people, which “could result in more crime.” He said this will put their “people at risk just to take care of their political agenda.”
Hodgson explained that Massachusetts is worried about border security due to “the state’s high opioid overdose rate and prevalence to fentanyl.” More from WGBH:
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“One of the things I was able to point out at the press conference with the president was the fact that we cannot afford to have Congress dictating how many people we can arrest,” Hodgson told WGBH News. “That’s essentially what’s going on with this whole issue of Congress saying they’re going to limit the ICE beds. They’re going to try to restrict how many people ICE is going to be able to hold and then let the rest of them out into our communities to commit more crimes.”
“We as a state, we’re in as dangerous a situation in Massachusetts as anywhere else,” Hodgson said....
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