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Massachusetts Sheriff Says Immigration Surge is Impacting his County

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Posted: Jul 9, 2014 9:45 PM

Updated: Jul 9, 2014 10:25 PM

WESLACO - A sheriff in a county more than 1,500 miles from the Rio Grande Valley says his state and other states are becoming surrogate border states.

Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson said he and other sheriffs from across the country plan to visit South Texas next week to learn more about how authorities are dealing with along the border.

Hodgson said plane loads of unaccompanied children have been flown to Massachusetts without the government notifying local authorities.

Hodgson expressed his concern for his community and frustration with the government.

"We're entering people into our neighborhoods and community without any knowledge of their background and knowledge of their medical history ... of their criminal histories, if they have any," Hodgson said.

"This is a big problem that's created a lot of divisiveness in our communities. It didn't have to happen if Congress and the administration were responsible in making sure they dealt with border security and put a system in place that allowed people to get through the process, become American citizens and do it in a responsible way," the sheriff said.

Hodgson told CHANNEL 5 NEWS he wants to learn more about the immigration crisis in South Texas.

Topics: sheriff thomas hodgson, massachusetts, illegal, immigration, surge, border, patrol, rio grande valley, obama administration

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