Skip to comments.Protests, heckling as sheriffs denounce illegal aliens
Posted on 09/28/2011 11:19:56 AM PDT by raccoonradio
Tough-talking sheriffs warned that the Bay State is becoming a magnet for illegal aliens and vowed to crack down with or without Gov. Deval Patricks support during a fiery press conference today that descended into chaos when sign-holding protesters began chanting and shouting counterpoints.
Much like terrorists, theyre looking for a place to go where nobodys going to notice them, said Bristol Sheriff Thomas Hodgson. And if were sending out a message that this is where you can basically come and were not really going to pay much attention to your status, well, its no wonder were running into the kinds of problems we are.
The sheriffs of Bristol, Worcester and Plymouth counties have signed a deal that allows them to get around Patricks opposition to the Secure Communities program and still report arrested illegal aliens to federal immigration officials, they announced at a State House press conference today.
Essex Sheriff Frank Cousins, who was not at the press conference, has also signed on, the sheriffs said.
Earlier this week, lawmakers unveiled an illegal immigration bill that would toughen penalties for driving without a license and ensure state-subsidized housing is reserved for legal Massachusetts residents.
Patrick, who opposes Secure Communities, said yesterday that the state already shares fingerprints with the FBI and framed the sheriffs campaign as a publicity stunt.
But Hodgson, who challenged Patrick to call Washington D.C. and push for Secure Communities, dismissed the governors claim.
Im sorry the governor cant distinguish between publicity and public safety, Hodgson told the Herald after the press conference. Thats unfortunate. But weve seen this from the governor before. When he doesnt have a legitimate argument to support his position, he generally reduces it to these types of comments. Thats not surprising.
After a half-hour, the morning press conference ended abruptly when a protester from immigrant-rights group Centro Presente began shouting his own questions.
About 10 others, holding signs reading Take Hate Out of Our State and Together We Can Fight Social Injustice, began chanting and demanding the man be allowed to speak.
Thats when sheriffs and lawmakers quickly adjourned the event.
Howie Carr list ping.
Coup d’valle better get his marching orders straight from the constitutional law lecturer in the white house, on a temporary basis I hope.
Put them on a Greyhound to Texas.
Riding the Dirty Dog! Vroom!
Jimmy DiPaola would be with them but Katoujian won’t because he’d get “unappointed” by Deval.
“Put them on a Greyhound to Texas”
Hell, put em in a cab to Rhode Island. The pinhead in charge of that state, Lancelot Linc Chaffee, just gave them in-state tuition and it looks like he’s giving them driver’s licenses also.
I think this is because of the drunk criminal alien who hit a guy on a motorcycle and dragged him to his death in Milford.
Good idea - cheaper tickets.
I was in MA recently. The B&B had very basic cable service in our room. Fifty percent of the channels were latino/hispanic or whatever they call that. Sucked.
Try doing that in Alabama today. Not gonna happen, is it? that's why the Bay State must also pass an Arizona-style law ASAP.