Members of the immigrant business community speak out against ICE ACCESS and misinformation from anti-immigrant groups Michael's One Stop, Main Street. Photo by CTblogger, 02.04.08.
What a sight to see...
As the level of anti-immigrant/xenophobe paranoia from City Hall increases, and the anger in the immgrant community towards city leaders mounts, up and down Main Street, White Street and throughout Danbury, stores are closing up shop in a show of opposition towards Mark Boughton's ICE ACCESS proposal.
Everywhere you go, pink signs litter the windows expressing their support for immigrants and their disapproval of the demonizing of their community by anti-immigrant hate groups, bigots, and plain racists who've infested the minds of those at City Hall.
On Monday, a group of like-minded business owners formed a coalition called Danbury Businesses for a Better Community Coalition and held a press conference where they spoke out against the proposal formal partnership between Danbury and ICE.
The commercial from the Danbury Businesses for a Better Community Coalition is below:
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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.