Jim Nabors as 1960s TV character Gomer Pyle. A Massachusetts mayor compared Gov. Bobby Jindal to Pyle after Jindal suggested that elected officials in "sanctuary cities" should be held liable for any crimes committed there by an undocumented immigrant.
After Gov. Bobby Jindal called for the arrest of mayors of "sanctuary cities," the mayor of Somerville, Massachusetts, had one message for Jindal: "Come and get me."
A "sanctuary city," as defined by The Texas Tribune
, generally refers to municipalities that have established policies prohibiting police officers from enforcing immigration laws or cooperating with federal immigration officials. (New Orleans is Louisiana's only "sanctuary city," according to the Center for Immigration Studies
.) The topic gained fresh currency last month when a woman in San Francisco was killed by an undocumented immigrant with seven felony convictions and five deportations from the U.S.
, unveiled last Friday, called for elected officials to be held as accessories if an illegal immigrant should commit a crime; it "would hold Mayors and City Officials liable for these crimes, and force them to suffer the consequences for these crimes."
Jindal discussed the plan this morning with the Boston Herald
, apparently angering Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone, a Democrat who accused Jindal of fearmongering
and compared the governor to a pair of fictional 1960s TV dimwits: Gomer Pyle and Barney Fife:
“Come and get me,” Curtatone charged in a Boston Herald Radio interview, shortly after Jindal took to the station airwaves to detail his proposal. “You say something absurd, you fear monger, you play to the crowd … we're smarter than that.
“I love listening to Jindal, because I swear if you didn't know who he is, you swear it was Gomer Pyle,” the Democrat added. “We shouldn't lower ourselves to the lowest common denominator, and that's the brain of … Bobby Jindal.”
He said Jindal's comments are simply a move to push him “beyond the 1 percent right now” in presidential polls. He sarcastically said “Sheriff Bobby Jindal” hasn't put him in handcuffs.
“More like, Deputy Barney Fife, has not arrested me yet,” Curtatone said.
Jindal's campaign responded, saying Curtatone's "laissez-faire attitude is flat-out dangerous."
The governor will take place in a presidential forum held tonight at St. Anselm College in New Hampshire. It will be carried live on C-SPAN
at 5:30 p.m.