President-elect Donald Trump is getting an offer of help from an unexpected source when it comes to fulfilling his campaign promise of building a wall.
…which was promptly declared slave labor!
A Massachusetts sheriff is offering his inmates to help build the proposed wall along the U.S.-Mexico border in response to an overwhelming influx of illegal immigrants being sent across the United States by the federal government, “We are all becoming border states now.”
— Bristol County Sheriff's Office (@BCSO1) January 5, 2017
As part of an initiative called Project N.I.C.E. — National Inmates’ Community Endeavors — Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson announced on Wednesday that he will allow inmates at Bristol County House of Correction in Dartmouth to volunteer to help with projects, citing the proposed wall along the southern border as one example.
“I can think of no other project that would have such a positive impact on our inmates and our country than building this wall,” Hodgson said, according to the Washington Examiner.
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) January 5, 2017
The reaction on social media covered the spectrum, from outright praise to condemnation for utilizing slave labor — the fact that it’s a voluntary program notwithstanding.
Here’s a sampling of responses from Twitter:
@dcexaminer Dems & media will call it slavery. Funny, most inmates would rather be outside working. Jail is boring.
— Lukesbuttered (@Lukesbuttered79) January 5, 2017
@dcexaminer Good idea. Keep em busy
— Severe Conservative (@severeconservat) January 5, 2017
@dcexaminer Greatest idea ever.
— gary greene (@garygreenewins) January 5, 2017
@thehill Didn’t we outlaw slave labor?!
— Still Thincoln (@zeudonim) January 5, 2017
— MarieFrance Gerard (@MFrance923) January 5, 2017
@thehill kinda funny that some saps still think he’s gonna build a wall
— BetterFuture (@50BlueStates) January 5, 2017
@thehill WTF? Slave labor for trump? Things just keep getting worse with every passing day in Trump’s America
— Carrie T (@AzlawgirlT) January 5, 2017
@thehill wow a Massachusetts sheriff wants to make prisoners build the wall. I thought for sure he’d be from Texas.
— Tammy Parker (@tamparker6) January 5, 2017
@thehill Why not, a little hard work might do them good.
— HillbillyCat (@washcat47) January 5, 2017
@thehill Let the Mexican prisoners build it so in effect Mexico pays for it!
— QuoVadis (@QuoVadis561) January 5, 2017
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