Gov. Mitt Romney, who is weighing a White House bid, signed an agreement Wednesday that allows Massachusetts State Police troopers to detain illegal aliens they encounter over the course of their normal duties.
Under the terms of the agreement, made with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, an initial group of 30 troopers will receive five weeks of specialized training next year, paid by the federal government.
There is only one problem...Mitty has only a couple of more weeks in office.
Yet the duration of the new policy is in doubt, because Romney leaves office Jan. 4 and his successor, Democrat Deval Patrick, has said he opposes placing the additional burden on the troopers.
"I'm going to investigate what power I have," the governor-elect told reporters last week. "You know that I think it's a bad idea for state troopers to be involved in immigration enforcement. They have enough to do as it is, and I said that consistently."
The agreement also comes at an embarrassing time for Romney, who has pledged to announce his decision about a presidential candidacy early next year.
The Boston Globe reported recently that the landscaper who maintains the governor's 2.5-acre property in Belmont has been employing illegal aliens.
That arrangement prompted criticism from the Democratic National Committee.
"Mitt Romney is showing his true colors in the waning days of his administration," said Democratic National Committee spokesman Damien LaVera. "By using the immigration debate to pander to extremists in his party after years of taking advantage of undocumented workers, Romney is proving to be just another hypocritical political opportunist with no business running for the White House."
These types of dishonest Republicans make me sick to my stomach. Here's a man who in public talked a hard line against illegal immigrants but privately had no problem hiring illegal immigrants to do landscaping on his yard for cheap.
And don't get me started on how easily it is for someone to obtain a vehicle registration. You don't seriously think Mayor Boughton's crackdown on Danbury residents with out-of-state license plates is about collecting property taxes (did you forget about the seven year tax abatement Boughton gave BRT?) Well, I guess the only people who are still drinking that Kool-Aid are the people at the Danbury News-Times (hats off again to Danbury's Tribuna newspaper for getting the real story regarding the out-of-plates issue).
I hope this guy gets the Republican nomination...the Republicans deserve a person of high standard like Romney.
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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.
Plaintiffs request declaratory relief, damages and attorneys fees.