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Boughton, Berns get personal at immigration forum

Thursday, March 30, 2006
Time: 1:54 PM

(The picture tells the story)

UPDATE: This post has been updated and now contains the video of the exchange between Mayor Boughton and immigration lawyer Philip Berns.

Did Mayor Boughton go too far personally attacking immigration lawyer Philip Berns? Did Berns get under Boughton's skin when he commented that Danbury does not care about the immigrant population?

The topic of conversation among many who attended the forum on immigration Wednesday night wasn't the immigration issue, but the sharp verbal exchange between Boughton and Berns. The two people were invited to speak about illegal immigration in Danbury but things quickly degraded and became personal with each taking verbal shots at each other. Things seem to reach a boiling point when Mayor Boughton personally attacked Berns' career as an immigration attorney.

You missed the forum? Upset you missed the fireworks? Heard about the exchange and want to see for you if Boughton or Berns went over the line? Well, don't worry; we have the videoclip so you can judge for yourself.

One thing is certain, this issue has angered people on both sides and if last night is any indication, this topic (and the anti-immigration rhetoric expressed by the radical members of the audience) will not go away any time soon.

There was much more that happened at the forum and we'll post more video highlights, comments from those who attended, and a full report on the event later.

Immigration forum tonight

Wednesday, March 29, 2006
Time: 3:48 PM

An immigration forum will be held tonight at the Danbury Public Library at 6 PM.

Speaking wil be Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton and immigration lawyer Philip Berns.

Seating is limited so arrive early.

UPDATE (10:15): Just came back from the forum and I'm currently processing the video footage. I'll have a full round-up soon.

Danbury delegates for convention

Monday, March 27, 2006
Time: 2:33 PM

Below is a list of the Democratic delegates for Danbury that will attend the Democratic State Convention on Saturday May 20th.

1. Joseph DaSilva, Jr.

2. Bruce Lees

3. Kevin Morgan

4. Linda DaSilva

5. Catherine Conciatore

6. Lori Kaback

7. Marge Gallo

8. Thomas Saadi

9. John Esposito

10. Fred Visconti

11. Robert Godfrey

12. Lew Wallace

13. James Maloney

14. Diane Eppinger

15. Gene Eriquez

16. Bernie Gallo

17. Eileen Coladarci

18. Helena Abrantes

19. Tony Tomaino

20. Julie Bernstein

21. Tina Merante

22. Willie Knight

23. Glenda Armstrong

Ridgefield supports Ned Lamont

Time: 9:39 AM

From the Danbury News-Times
Thursday night the Ridgefield Democrats held their caucus to elect delegates to the three conventions that will be held around the state in May to nominate candidates for this fall's elections.

Eight supporters of U.S. Senate candidate Ned Lamont were elected out of a total 11 delegates from Ridgefield elected.
Lieberman has to be nervous right about now.

New head of the Democratic Town Committee makes first television appearence

Sunday, March 26, 2006
Time: 10:49 AM

On Thursday night, Joe DaSilva, the newly elected head of the Democratic Town Committee, gave his first public interview since the Democratic primary. On the public access show "Ideas and Beyond" DaSilva addressed a wide range of quesitons regarding the major issues in Danbury and had some very pointed comments about Mayor Mark Boughton.

To play any of the video segements, click on the play button. Also, this is a new video service so if you experience playback problems, hit pause and allow your computer time to upload the video stream.

1. Joe DaSilva addresses the new bond packages in Danbury and the BRT development on Kennedy Road.

2. Joe DaSilva continues his discussion on the BRT development on Kennedy Road.

3. Joe DaSilva addresses Mayor Mark Boughton and the illegal immigration issue.

4. Joe DaSilva addresses the police contract dispute.

5. Joe DaSilva and Eileen Coladarci discuss the recent developments surrounding the Robert's Avenue School project.

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On September 26, 2007, ten plaintiffs filed suit in response to an arrest of aday laborers at a public park in Danbury, Connecticut. Plaintiffs amended their complaint on November 26, 2007.

The amended complaint states that plaintiffs sought to remedy the continued discriminatory and unauthorized enforcement of federal immigration laws against the Latino residents of the City of Danbury by Danbury's mayor and its police department.

Plaintiffs allege that the arrests violated their Fourth Amendment rights and the Connecticut Constitution because defendants conducted the arrests without valid warrants, in the absence of exigent circumstances, and without probable cause to believe that plaintiffs were engaged in unlawful activity. In addition, plaintiffs allege that defendants improperly stopped, detained, investigated, searched and arrested plaintiffs. Plaintiffs also allege that defendants violated their Fourteenth Amendment rights when they intentionally targeted plaintiffs, and arrested and detained them on the basis of their race, ethnicity and perceived national origin. Plaintiffs raise First Amendment, Due Process and tort claims.

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