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Massachusetts Sheriff Offers Prison Inmates To Build Trump’s Wall

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BOSTON (Reuters) – A Massachusetts county sheriff has proposed sending prison inmates from around the United States to build the proposed wall along the Mexican border that is one of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s most prominent campaign promises.

“I can think of no other project that would have such a positive impact on our inmates and our country than building this wall,” Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson said at his swearing-in ceremony for a fourth term in office late Wednesday.

“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,” he said.

Hodgson, who like Trump is a Republican, said inmates from around the country could build the proposed wall, described by Trump as a powerful deterrent to illegal immigration.

Trump, who will be sworn in on Jan. 20, insisted during his campaign that he would convince the Mexican government to pay for the wall, though Mexican officials have repeatedly said they would not do so.

Officials in the Trump transition office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The United States has a long history of prison labor, with advocates of the idea saying that putting inmates to work can help them learn skills that prepare them for their return to society after completing their sentences. Opponents contend that inmates are not fairly compensated.

The federal prisons system operates some 53 factories around the United States that produced about $500 million worth of clothing, electronics, furniture and other goods in the fiscal year ended Sept. 30, according to its financial statements.

Still, an attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union in Massachusetts said Hodgson’s proposal could violate prisoners’ rights.

“The proposal is perverse, it’s inhumane and very likely unconstitutional,” ACLU staff counsel Laura Rotolo said in a phone interview. “It certainly has nothing to do with helping prisoners in Massachusetts or their families. It’s about politics.”

In response to a request by the Trump transition office, the Department of Homeland Security last month identified more than 400 miles (644 km) along the U.S.-Mexico border where new fencing could be erected, according to a document seen by Reuters.

The document contained an estimate that building that section of fence would cost more than $11 billion.

(Reporting by Scott Malone; Editing by Bernadette Baum)

IMAGE: A general view shows a newly built section of the U.S.-Mexico border wall at Sunland Park, U.S. opposite the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, November 9, 2016. Picture taken from the Mexico side of the U.S.-Mexico border. REUTERS/Jose Luis Gonzalez/File Photo

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15 Comments

  1. bojimbo26 January 5, 2017

    Just another Trumpy Dickhead .

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  2. Lynda Groom January 5, 2017

    How about using the professionals who bring folks over the border as supervisors? Makes as much sense as this idiot sheriff.

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  3. just john January 5, 2017

    Yup, lets move hundreds of prisoners right to the border, making escape planning so much simpler.

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    1. Aaron_of_Portsmouth January 5, 2017

      I’m sure prisoners across the country are lining up for this hare-brained idea.
      Trump is a master at switching off the brains of the hapless, remotely no less.

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    2. EMS January 5, 2017

      Yup! and US tax payers will provide prisons all along the border, feed, clothe, provide sanitation, feeding, and entertainment facilities, construction tools, and take the Border Patrol off their regular jobs to guard them, plus a whole lot of other stuff necessary.
      This idea goes beyond dumb.

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  4. HarryTheHat January 5, 2017

    Is this clown trying to embarrass the President-elect and the new administration? Anyone with half a brain who is not a liberal knows that the wall was only ever a symbol for strengthening the border. The fool should keep his mouth shut.

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    1. Jim Samaras January 5, 2017

      Are you implying that the wall was never intent to be built? It will be and Mexico will pay for it and if you believe otherwise add a$$ between The and Hat in your moniker.

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      1. Aaron_of_Portsmouth January 5, 2017

        Only in your dreams, homeboy. Don’t look now, but Trump and his team have wet themselves again—this time, they’re proposing that YOU and other Americans pay for the ballyhooed wall that chumps swallowed whole believing it would be built.
        HOW? By appropriating funds towards building your much anticipated Wall.

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      2. Aaron_of_Portsmouth January 5, 2017

        Jim, here’s a crude quote from you made earlier. I thought you should sleep on it for tonight as a reminder of the downward slide you’ve taken.

        “Prepare to be amazed at the way China begins sucking our c^cks after the inauguration…international incident….hahahahaha. You libtards are funny with the sky is falling sh^t”

        Why not spell the words out completely, Jim since you no longer have a sense of shame. Do you talk to wife and kids like that??

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  5. Aaron_of_Portsmouth January 5, 2017

    The Sheriff suffers the same mental affliction(Tuba quasi-Aliquam macerationem) as ousted Sheriff Arpaio has.

    Anyway, it’s uncanny the way Trump acts as a catalyst that has awakened the feeble-minded who were asleep in their crypts until they got wind that Trump was running from President, and has won thanks in part to Putin’s machinery—reminds one of “The Walking Dead”.

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  6. Dan S January 5, 2017

    Hmmmmm prison labor right along the Mexican border. So imagine several do escape which is quite plausible into Mexico do you honestly think they’ll be extradited back to the US ? I mean after all trying to get Mexico to pay for a damn wall no one asked for is extortion pure and simple. This is a feeble gesture on the part of this Sheriff offering to use their prisoners to work along the Mexico border. This just gets dumber and dumber and Trump isn’t even the President yet

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  7. 11thStPopulist January 5, 2017

    Hear that explosion? Came from California! “(Well don’t you know) That’s the sound of the men working on the chain gang” by Sam Cooke

    Seriously, the farce of this illicit, illegal vainglorious president-to-be and Russian puppet gets more absurd by the day.

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    1. Aaron_of_Portsmouth January 5, 2017

      Yes, I hear the explosion as well. Nice reference to Sam Cooke and apropos.
      There’s a bigger explosion coming, now that Trump’s team is reneging on yet another promise, by shamelessly proposing recently that the US Treasury foot the bill for the much vaunted Wall.

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  8. stsintl January 8, 2017

    Since DJT prides himself of his deal making skills, why doesn’t he and his Wall Street ilk make a deal with the Mexican government to build it on their side of the border and get started with their initial investment. By the way, if Mexican government is going to pay for the wall, I’m sure they would want to use their own labor and materials. Most Mexicans may work for lower wages on farms in California and clean motel rooms, but they are not stupid like Trump voters. How is DJT going to get his White-uneducated-unemployed voters to build the wall?

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  9. johninPCFL January 9, 2017

    The Ming Dynasty paid for the Chinese wall, Hadrian paid for the Roman wall in Britain, and we’ll pay for the Mexican wall. The Mexican wall will be just as effective as the other two.

    Once built, we’ll figure out that half of “the illegals” fly into airports, or come through Canada, and it will also become as well maintained, as the other two.

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