Do you think things are under control in your neck of the woods? Think you are
impervious to the problems ailing the western half of the United States of
America, mainly illegal immigration fallout? If so, then disregard the
following. Or maybe I should say please do read the following editorials and
realize that PC NE is not emerging untouched after all.
There were several quoted protesters from various human rights and labor
organizations in and around New Hampshire. These protesters delivered a signed
letter of protest to Hudson Police Chief Richard Gendron, who is quietly
enforcing our federal laws of illegal immigration to the best of his ability. In
other words, dealing with local illegal aliens when Immigration Control and
Enforcement officials say "we are too busy."
I have supplied contact information for both the protesters as well as for
the police chief below the laws cited here.
Section 1324c states, "All officers whose duty it is to enforce criminal laws
shall have authority to make arrests for a violation of any provision of this
section" (affirmed US v Perez-Gonzalez 2002 Fed App 0360, 6th Circ.).
Section 1644, same title states, "No local ordinance, rule, or measure shall
stop law enforcement officers from enforcement of this section" (affirmed
Southern District Court of NY, US v Rudy Guiliani,1996).
Chief W. Garrett Chamberlain
NEW IPSWICH POLICE DEPARTMENT
PO Box 439
New Ipswich, NH 03071
Theo Amani, a citizen of the Democratic Republic of Congo, and with the NH
Immigrants Rights Task Force
1361 Elm Street Manchester, NH 03101
58 Main Street Littleton, NH 03561
206 Moody Bldg., 24 Tremont Sq. Claremont, NH 03743
154 High St., Portsmouth, NH 03802
New Hampshire AFL-CIO president Mark MacKenzie
AFL-CIO home webpage: www.nhaflcio.org/
Rep. Hector M. Velez, D-Manchester
County Hillsborough , District
269 Central St District:
Manchester, NH 03103-4745 12
Business Phone: (603) 623-0710
Faceoff over civil rights and immigration legalities By STEPHEN SEITZ and DAN
McLEAN Union Leader Correspondents
"I will not subscribe to the open-borders philosophy," Chamberlain told a
crowd of about 30 members of the New Hampshire Immigrant Rights Task Force
The group rallied first at the New Ipswich police station to protest
Chamberlain's use of the state's criminal trespassing law to bring some
attention to the federal government's failure to take custody of illegal
immigrants his department has arrested.
The protesters, made up of various human rights and labor organizations from
around New Hampshire, also delivered a letter of protest to Hudson Police Chief
"Everyone in the United States of America, regardless of immigration status,
is entitled to equal protection under our nation's laws," Velez said.
The group also accused police departments of setting the stage for racial
profiling through their actions.
The recently formed New Hampshire House of Representatives Immigration Caucus
was led by Rep. David Buhlman, R-Hudson.
Bulhman said they came to formally recognize Gendron's "courage to stand up
and apply these laws to apprehend those who are in the United States illegally,
and who are, therefore, breaking our laws."
New Hampshire AFL-CIO president Mark MacKenzie, who attended the protest,
said illegal immigrants are part of the economy "and that's the reality."
Charging illegal immigrants with criminal trespassing "is an embarrassment
for New Hampshire," he said. "I think it paints us a right-wing, reactionary
Lily Mesa of Manchester said this practice will scare immigrants from calling
police if they need help, causing a public safety issue.
Theo Amani of the NH Immigrants Rights Task Force stressed that while the
group has no quarrel with police, they believe Chamberlain over-stepped his
authority by applying the criminal trespass law to Ramirez — who admitted to
police that he was an illegal alien from Mexico.
Chamberlain said the response he's had has been overwhelmingly positive.
"I'd say about 700 positive e-mails and loads of letters," he said. "One that
sticks out is from a World War II veteran who wrote me that, up until he saw
this story, he thought that his service had been for nothing."
Immigration insanity: Mexicans protest, U.S. just sits there
WHAT IS WRONG with this picture? The Mexican government sends representatives
to Hudson to defend Mexican nationals who have admitedly entered the United
States illegally, while the United States government turns a blind eye to
The Hudson case is not the first where local New Hampshire law enforcement
has picked up the ball dropped by our federal government. New Ipswich police
also have received a "we're too busy" response from Immigration Control and
Enforcement officials. Rather than let admitted lawbreakers go free, the police
here have cleverly charged them with trespass, for they have literally
trespassed where they don't have a right to be, i.e., in the United States.
Marty Lich is now on vacation, but will respond to comments after June