Sheriff Hodgson launches crowdfunding campaign, thanks Trump
Last year, Sheriff Thomas Hodgson offered up Dartmouth inmates to build President Donald Trump’s border wall. Now he has a new idea: You should pay for the wall.
On September 5, Hodgson, along with other members of the National Sheriffs Association, gathered at the White House to announce a new project: A crowdfunding website to fund the construction of a border wall along the southern border of the United States.
This project is in line with Hodgson’s previous enthusiasm for the border wall-- he memorably volunteered to send inmates to help build the wall in January 2017.
Hodgson claims that the wall, if built, would "stop the flow of MS-13 gang members, drug cartels and other criminal illegal aliens who continue to walk right into the United States unabated."
At the same press conference, Hodgson and other sheriffs urged lawmakers to move quickly and pass immigration reform measures.
Later that afternoon, the sheriffs met with President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, and Hodgson presented the president with a plaque featuring a badge and an inscription reading “There's a new Sheriff in town - In appreciation for your support of our efforts to enforce our nation's laws - America's Sheriffs."
The sheriffs, having participated in a round table discussion about the law enforcement aspects of border control and immigration, had already been thanked by Vice President Pence, who said,“Thank you for all you do to protect your communities and families. We’re making America safe again.”
At the meeting in the afternoon, the sheriffs, in turn, thanked the president for his support.
"You and your administration have given law enforcement its footing back and given law enforcement the support and tools necessary to protect the people in our neighborhoods, communities and our entire nation," Sheriff Hodgson said to President Trump.
The crowdfunding website is www.sheriffswall.org. The website claims to have raised $14,000 towards a goal of $100,000, although what that money would be used for is unexplained.