Sheriffs to March on Washington in Protest of Illegal Immigration Lawlessness: “We’re Tired of Being Marginalized”
Katie Pavlich | Nov 11, 2014
As President Obama continues to double down on his plans to inappropriately use his executive authority to rewrite immigration law, Sheriffs around the country have had enough and are planning to make their voices heard with a march on Washington D.C. in December.
The march is being organized by Massachusetts Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson, not border sheriffs as people might expect.
“Sheriffs across the country have reached a point where we’re tired of being marginalized for protecting the citizens of our communities by a president who’s saying ‘look, I don’t respect the immigration laws, I think people ought to be able to come here in violation of the laws’ and expecting law enforcement to look the other way. This just can’t be,” Hodgson said in an interview with Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren last night. “I think everyone in this country understands, legal residents as well as American citizens, that democracy exists only because we have a framework of laws.”
According to National Review, Hodgson sent a letter to fellow Sheriffs across the country urging them to join him in D.C. Republican Senators have already agreed to participate in the protest.
Sheriff Thomas M. Hodgson of Bristol County, Mass., sent a letter to organize a meeting of sheriffs in Washington, D.C., on December 10, two days before the existing government-funding bill expires, to meet with congressmen and encourage them to take action to secure the border.
“Never before in our nation’s history has it been so important for the American sheriffs to stand united and speak with one voice to secure our nation’s borders,” Hodgson wrote. “Senator Jeff Sessions, Senator David Vitter and other members of Congress have agreed to join us at the Capitol to demand immediate action to secure our borders as the first step in achieving legitimate immigration reform in the future. Several sheriffs have agreed to work in a spirit of cooperation to assist in recruiting at least 200 sheriffs to travel to Washington, D.C. for this historic meeting and press conference with members of Congress.”
Before leaving for China earlier this week, President Obama said Republicans have “run out of time” to come up with a comprehensive immigration plan and that he’s going to “do what he’s doing to do” by the end of the year and before the lame-duck session of Congress ends.