Bristol County sheriff to speak on immigration, safe cities

  • Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson will speak about immigration and safe cities at the John Zon Community Center, 35 Pleasant St., on Thursday. Paul Franz

Staff Report
Published: 10/21/2019 5:37:39 PM

GREENFIELD — Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson will speak about immigration and safe cities Thursday as part of an event organized by the Greenfield Citizens Association.

Hodgson’s presentation will be at the John Zon Community Center, 35 Pleasant St., from 7 to 9 p.m.

He will “share his experience and first-hand knowledge about the adverse impacts of illegal immigration and designating municipalities as ‘safe or sanctuary’ cities and towns,” according to a press release from the Greenfield Citizens Association. The talk’s organizers say he’ll help citizens make an informed decision about whether to designate Greenfield as a safe city — one of the questions they will vote on in the Nov. 5 general election.

Information will also be provided about how immigrants can gain citizenship legally, the release adds.

Hodgson has been working on immigration reform for the past 22 years and has visited the U.S.-Mexico border four times. He has testified before congressional committees, discussed the matter at the White House and worked with leaders on both sides of the aisle on impactful reforms since becoming the sheriff of Bristol County in 1997. Hodgson is also a former police officer and served on the New Bedford City Council.




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