Most local police departments say they have no interest in arresting illegal immigrants who have not committed crimes. Even in Danbury, when Mayor Mark Boughton last year tried unsuccessfully to have state police enforce immigration law, he said he didn't want his police doing it because it could discourage immigrants from cooperating in criminal investigations.
It will begin at Kennedy Park, where the crowds of Hispanic men who gather before dawn to find work as day laborers helped prompt Mayor Mark D. Boughton to ask that the state police be deputized to enforce federal immigration laws.
Now, while members of Danbury's Common Council continue to draft a ''repetitive outdoor activity'' ordinance to restrict volleyball by cracking down on parking and noise, among other things, the mayor says deputizing the state police may not be necessary, that the police may have enough remedies without becoming immigration agents.
Lost in the hubbub is the political reality that having state police enforce immigration law in Connecticut is unlikely to happen anytime soon, if ever. And even Boughton acknowledges that his plan would have little effect on the number of undocumented immigrants in town.
Blumenthal responded to Boughton's request by saying it would need the approval of Gov. M. Jodi Rell, Public Safety Commissioner Leonard Boyle and the state legislature.
Blumenthal said there is no chance of that happening this year and he has "serious reservations" about the proposal. "Deputizing local or state police is not a long term or fundamental solution to the problem," he said.
Although Boughton wants state police to enforce immigration law, he is not interested in Danbury police having the same authority, for fear it would cripple their ability to investigate other crimes.
"The same is true, to an even greater extent, for the state police," Blumenthal said.
My first question is why hasn't anyone in the media made mention of Boughton's previous comments which directly contradicts his present statements about local police enforcing immigration laws? 6:00: The woman who brings new meaning to the term "deer in headlights" the dishonest Elise Marciano is AT IT AGAIN.
The head of the anti-immigrant extremist movement ends the year just like she started, by LYING, being 100 percent DISHONEST and absolutely NARROW-MINDED while playing the nice little old lady to members of the media who don't know her up close and personal.
Take a look at her so-called "petition" regarding ICE ACCESS she so proudly presented to the DANBURY Common Council.
For now, lets forget the outrageousness of the content of this petition, or the lack of proper grammar, and lets focus on the research we did on members of Marciano's group (BOXED IN RED) who signed the petition...and take a look at their addresses:
• William A Gulya: Bethel, CT
• Barbara J Keidel: Watertown, CT
• Nancy A & Edward C Huse: Brookfield, CT
Now, out of the 17 people Marciano could find to sign her "petition" 4 MEMBERS ARE NOT RESIDENTS OF DANBURY. If that's the case, why did Marciano allow them to sign this "petition?" Elise knows better because she has connections with elected and appointed officials at City Hall and should know how to properly file a petition, which is as follows:
• Printed name • Address • Signature
Now, if 4 OUT OF THE 17 PEOPLE who signed the petition ARE NOT RESIDENTS OF DANBURY, who's to say that the signatures marked in blue WHICH ARE UNREADABLE are residents of Danbury?
This is just par for the course for Marciano and her band of misfits, which you'll see in the future. 10:00 P.M.: The meeting is over and the Common Council decided to form a committee of the whole to further look into the program.
Mayor Boughton wasn't being completely correct when he stated that he couldn't extend the amount of time the public had to speak and several people who had their hands uip for some time didn't have a chance to speak WHILE Elise Marciano was able to get her point in AFTER waiting until the last minute to raise her hand. I'm working on the video footage and you'll be able to see what happened inside the chambers later.
As a sidenote, I saw that Pauline Basso was outside the chambers babbling with Channel 30 about the program and I mentioned to the reporter that she's the person responsible for the email controversy. The expression on their faces was priceless.
04.25.22 (RADIO): WSHU Latino group call on Connecticut lawmakers to open a Danbury charter school
06.03.22 (OP-ED): KUSHNER: "Career Academy ‘a great deal for Danbury"
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.