‘Come And Get Me!’ Somerville Mayor To Sheriff Calling For Arrest Of Sanctuary City Leaders

‘Come And Get Me!’ Somerville Mayor To Sheriff Calling For Arrest Of Sanctuary City Leaders

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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, , 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.”

Curtatone accompanied his post with a still from The Simpsons: Grandpa Simpson yelling at a cloud.
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Read his full response below:

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Bristol County (MA) Sheriff Tom Hodgson is now calling for the federal government to arrest all mayors of sanctuary…

Posted by Joe Curtatone on Tuesday, March 28, 2017