Donald Trump, Immigration, Issues

Massachusetts sheriff offers Trump inmate labor to build The Wall

Photo: EdmondMeinfelder/Flickr (cc by 2.0)

Photo: EdmondMeinfelder/Flickr (cc by 2.0)

Donald Trump seems to be moving forward with his campaign promise to build a wall. But who will build it? Massachusetts Sheriff Thomas Hodgson has an idea: get inmates to do it.

Bristol County Sheriff Thomas M. Hodgson detailed the offer as he was sworn in to a fourth term in office on Wednesday. He hopes Mr. Trump will take him up on the plan, which he said would pay dividends for the country and the inmates.

“I can think of no other project that would have such a positive impact on our inmates and our country than building this wall,” Sheriff Hodgson said in remarks prepared for his swearing-in ceremony. “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.”

Hodgson’s idea doesn’t stop at the wall, either. His goal is to build a network of community service-oriented jails in which inmates could be deployed to help rebuild after natural disasters and act as the labor pool for major infrastructure projects.

It certainly could be argued that Hodgson’s idea would take away potential jobs from blue collar Americans. However, Jessica Vaughan, policy studies director at the Center for Immigration Studies, points out that inmates are often among those most affected by illegal immigration:

“Let’s not forget that some of the people most harmed by illegal immigration are people who have not had the chance to acquire education or skills, who sometimes turn to crime as a result, so if this project helps address their life challenges simultaneously from a policy angle and a personal angle, that’s really worth it,” she said.

She added: “And if illegal immigration is successfully slowed and enforcement increased in the interior, then construction is one of the industries where there should be some better job opportunities for Americans and legal immigrants.”

Additionally, Vaughan stated that border surveillance tools would help deter absconding inmates.

Do you think Trump should adopt Sheriff Hodgson’s idea? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

  • Don Harper

    Great Idea Sheriff Hodgson. Give folks skills to enable them to be gainfully employed on their release. Teach them how to fish!

    • cccarr

      yep..good idea.

    • Vinuzzo

      Don Harper: Give a man a fish and he eats for a day. Teach a man to fish and he sits and drinks beer all day.

  • scott
  • NowYouKnow

    If it’s done correctly, it will be 30 feet tall pre cast concrete tilt up wall sections. Are your prisoners certified crane operators? And back hoe operators? The Israelis build the best and least expensive border walls. Give them a shot.

  • giz645mo

    Or illegals that are doing time, along with the prisoners. Skills will help them find employment down the road.

  • Robert

    It would have to be strictly volunteer there are laws against making inmates work in most states and Federal law about what you can make the inmates do. No matter what wall you built you can not stop anyone who wants to come here the Berlin wall proved that point. Wall like locks are only to keep honest people honest people honest..
    I would not expect the people on this site to understand that or what it would do to this economy to stop the illegals, narrow minds think narrow.

    • cccarr

      well Robert dem and Hillary supporter. you could have used deplorable
      to describe supporters of this idea. you are the narrow minded one to immediately find negatives for a good idea that obviously would require tweaks. thats what brainstorming is jerk.

      • Robert

        I can tell you right now I am not and have never been a Clinton supporter, I think she was a horrible person and should never been allowed to run under anyone’s ticket.
        I am 80 years old and this election was the first time in my life I have not voted because of the terrible candidates running, one a know nothing crooked politician and the other one knows nothing about politics so the will eat him alive, politics is nothing like running a business it is knowing how to deal with other politicians.

        I am a very factual person and always have been, even my own ideas I try to shoot holes through them to see if they are worth following through with, by doing this I have become very rich, by not running after loosing idea’s with a glint in my eyes.
        The main thing is the majority who know anything about the situation knows how bdly the illegls are needed here.

        The sad thing is that even the Politician that suggested it knew it most probably against the law, and even getting volunteers for road clean up in my state from the prison you have to offer the prisoners something extra.

  • Bud William

    Sounds like a great Idea, mainly using Mexican Criminals to build it. Also after the wall is built, they can be let go on the Mexican side of the wall.

  • Christine Cuneo

    Non violent and have served most of the sentence given yes they should.

    • WVF

      I don’t think any inmate should be excluded. There are ways to make sure they do the job.

      • Christine Cuneo

        Well they have to prevent escape, an inmate with a sentence almost over is less likely to try. Also some inmates would cause more a threat given tools to other inmates, Use some common sense, We aren’t looking to be PC and give everyone opportunities if they don’t deserve it. You have to earn opportunities.

  • WVF

    This is a great idea, and if put into practice, it will pay many different types of dividends. First, ask for volunteers who have had building/construction experience, and let them accept inmate volunteers who are capable of learning how to do this work. Prisoners would not be involved in so much mischief if they worked hard all day. The nights would be primarily consumed by those who need rest and sleep. You could even make a competition out of it. Have private sector construction workers compete against the inmates. That 700 mile long wall could be completed in less than two years. I can see a lot of good coming from this.

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