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Eye on PC NE

Is Immigration Under Control in New England?
By Marty Lich
May 30, 2005 - 4:03:00 PM

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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
659 Turnpike Road
PO Box 439
New Ipswich, NH 03071
Phone: 603-878-2771
Fax: 603-878-4675
E-Mail: 901@nipd.net


www.nhla.org/Puerto_RicanPR.htm#How%20to%20contact%20us

Theo Amani, a citizen of the Democratic Republic of Congo, and with the NH Immigrants Rights Task Force

MANCHESTER
1361 Elm Street Manchester, NH 03101
668-2900 or 1-800-562-3174

LITTLETON
58 Main Street Littleton, NH 03561
444-8000 or 1-800-548-1886

CLAREMONT
206 Moody Bldg., 24 Tremont Sq. Claremont, NH 03743
542-8795 or 1-800-562-3994

PORTSMOUTH
154 High St., Portsmouth, NH 03802
431-7411 or 1-800-334-3135


New Hampshire AFL-CIO president Mark MacKenzie

E-mail:solidarity@nhaflcio.org

AFL-CIO home webpage: www.nhaflcio.org/


Rep. Hector M. Velez, D-Manchester
County Hillsborough , District 12
269 Central St District:
Manchester, NH 03103-4745 12
Phone: (603 )647-8683
Business Phone: (603) 623-0710
hector.velez@leg.state.nh.us


Editorial #1:

www.theunionleader.com/Articles_show.html?article=55188&archive=1

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 yesterday.

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 Richard Gendron.

"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 state."

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."


Editorial #2:

www.theunionleader.com/articles_showa.html?article=55428

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 immigration enforcement.

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 10, 2005

Martyincol@Juno.com


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