DARTMOUTH, Mass. (WPRI) — When President Trump signed his first veto, rejecting a measure that would have blocked his declaration of a national emergency at the southern border, Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson was one of about a dozen law enforcement officials in the room.
When Eyewitness News caught up with Hodgson over the weekend, he said there was excitement and relief in the air.
“Mr. president you are the first person who has taken action and you have given us back our footing in law enforcement but you’ve also given the American people back what they deserve, which is to be protected,” Hodgson said to President Trump moments after he issued his first veto.
“It was important I thought to be there,” Hodgson said.
Hodgson has been an outspoken advocate for stronger border security. He says there is a direct link between a weak border and the drug epidemic sweeping the nation.
“Ninety percent of the drugs that are coming in are coming from the southern border. In Massachusetts, we have the seventh highest heroin overdose rate in the nation. We’re the second most common place to find fentanyl. And we’re 2200 miles from the border, 38-hour drive. So, so every community across this country now are basically border communities because those drugs are being muled in by the cartels and they’re being spread out all over America,” Hodgson said.
Hodgson believes it’s unlikely Congress will have the two-thirds majority required to override the president’s veto.
“And I can assure you the sheriffs in this country, the American sheriffs, are doing everything they can to make sure Congress understands that we are not going to just stand by and allow people to play politics again for another year and put more people at risk and deteriorate our communities more,” Hodgson said.
Eyewitness News also caught up with Rhode Island U.S. Senator Jack Reed, who says the border wall is unnecessary, and President Trump’s decision to veto the national emergency resolution is an encroachment on congressional powers.
“There is no emergency requiring the construction of the wall. In fact, it is a waste of resources that would otherwise go to the military. It’s just a vanity project by the president and that was recognized by both bipartisan members of the Senate and I hope the president understands that this is not popular with the American people,” Sen. Jack Reed said.