Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone responded to a Massachusetts sheriff who is calling for the arrest of defenders of sanctuary cities with a dare: “By all means expose yourself as the sort of jack-booted thug who wants to jail your political opponents for made-up offenses… Come and get me.”
Curtatone posted his harsh response on Facebook after Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson said in a prepared statement before the U.S. House Judiciary Committee that federal authorities should “charge these officials who pledge to violate federal law by harboring and concealing illegals.”
There is no set definition for what constitutes a “sanctuary city,” but the term generally refers to municipalities that refuse to cooperate with federal immigration enforcement. Earlier this week, Attorney General Jeff Sessions threatened to pull federal funding from cities that do not cooperate with immigration authorities, Dialynn Dwyer, Boston.com reports.
Curtatone said cities identifying with a sanctuary status such as Somerville “aren’t hiding.”
“We know the law,” he said. “More importantly, we know we’re not violating the law. So officials like Hodgson should feel free to keep blowing hot air. By all means expose yourself as the sort of jack-booted thug who wants to jail your political opponents for made-up offenses.”
Read his full response below: