Massachusetts sheriff offers to send inmates to build Trump’s border wall

14soargue - Bristol County Sheriff Thomas M. Hodgson. (Handout)
Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson. –Handout

FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — A sheriff who runs a Massachusetts jail is offering to send inmates to the U.S.-Mexico border to help President-elect Donald Trump build a border wall.

Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson announced a new initiative Wednesday he calls Project N.I.C.E., which stands for National Inmates’ Community Endeavors.

The sheriff made the comments at Bristol Community College in Fall River, Massachusetts. It was an inauguration address for his fourth six-year term as sheriff.

He says inmates from the Bristol County House of Corrections in nearby Dartmouth could volunteer to help build the border wall or clean up disaster sites.


Hodgson, a Republican, has frequently spoken out against illegal immigration.

Guests at Hodgson’s ceremony included Republican Gov. Charlie Baker. Baker famously refused to support Trump during the campaign and didn’t vote for him.