Skip to comments.Conn. Town Struggles With Illegal Immigrants
Posted on 04/28/2005 7:10:25 PM PDT by NRA Patriot 1976
DANBURY, Conn. This middle-class New England suburb is nowhere near an international border but it still has the illegal immigration problems familiar to cities like San Diego and Tucson, Ariz. Mayor Mark Boughton (search) blames the government for his town's inability to cope with 15,000 illegal immigrants, approximately 19 percent of the overall population. "This is one community that has been incredibly stressed by failed federal policy and we need help," said Boughton. Because the illegal residents aren't counted in the U.S. census, Danbury (search) doesn't receive any federal aid for them. "In terms of our social services, this presents a tremendous strain, particularly on quality of life of our neighborhoods, our schools our health care system," Boughton said. Residents complain the influx is killing property values. Homeowner Peter Gadiel said neighbors are fed up. "They're blue collar workers and their whole life savings is tied up in their house and they're seeing their neighborhood being destroyed." The mayor says he wants state police officers to be deputized as federal immigration officers giving them access to a federal database and helping them track illegal immigrants. But Connecticut's attorney general said Boughton needs the approval of the governor and others before that can happen. Boughton has set up a task force to inspect neighborhoods that have received a lot of complaints about buildings housing illegal immigrants. In one home, the task force found 30 cots in the basement, each one being rented for $5 a night.
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Maybe Regis and Imus should check their wait staff and gardeners. I'd hate to see them get caught hiring illegals.
Yes folks, and the hordes are heading your way, guess we all better start brushing up on our Spanish.
I don't feel too sorry for a liberal state like Connecticut. Let them struggle. Maybe they will come to appreciate the difficulty that the rest of us face.
I speak fluent Spanish, having lived in a South American country for a couple of years,but I choose not to do so with these people because I'm not going to aid and abet them with their cultural reconquista. It's time we put our foot down. Viva la Migra! Viva the Minuteman Project and like projects by American patriots!
I'm sorry, but this is the best way to redistribute the wealth and property of gringos to the folks who truly deserve it. Until the neocommunists take over the country and form a government to "re-educate" those who have ill-gotten wealth, seize that wealth, punish the wrong-doers and officially turn that wealth over to those pobrecitos who deserve it, this is the best they can do. The white "owners" of ill-gotten wealth in Danbury will have to live with it because the government in Washington is working for the other side.
Buy a few rolls of barbed wire, buy some surplus military tents, and deputize some of your good citizens.
If nothing else, many will suddenly decide to
leave for migrate to friendlier sanctuaries.
I agree with you, Brilliant! Let this happen in Connecticut. Maybe when wealthy bleeding-hearts have to live in communities in which this is happening, they'll come around to a sane position on immigration.
Nothing spurs people to action like being hit in the pocketbook, or seeing their property values plummet.
Unfortunately, this will have to happen in many cities before it is likely to snowball enough to make the feds look at it. Our next terrorist attack may prove to accellerate the process, but, like all here, would prefer that not have to happen to wake these folks up.
For those who don't know the area, Danbury is a lower-middle class ethnically mixed area. It is NOT the tony suburbs of lower Fairfield County. Interesting that it has received alot of attention as of late, as my ex-girlfriend (a legal immigrant from Peru) had family who lived there since at least the early 90s. When you mix illegals with Archie Bunker types, it makes for a combustible mix.
It never ceases to amaze me how many Freepers RACIALIZE the immigration debate and base the immigrants instead of their NEIGHBORS who hire them and the politicians who choose not to enforce the law. Besides, Hispanics/Latinos are NOT A RACE. The term "La Raza" is used EXCLUSIVELY by some Mexicans to refer to "La Raza Cosmica," a term coined by the philosopher Jose Vasconcelos to refer to the racially mixed folk who formed the majority of the Mexican population.
Last time I was there, the immigrant population (legal and illegal) was largely Dominican and Ecuadoran. Most of the white folks were of the tavern, sports and cigarette set. Like I said before, not exactly a mix conducive to racial harmony.
Read my #15. The wealthy folks in Greenwich and Westport don't give a sh-t. Places like Danbury are well off their radar screens.
Not much anyone can do about it until we elect a President who will enforce existing immigration laws. Until then, we will pay dearly for it while we watch our towns turn into Mexican colonias.
I was just thinking.. maybe anti-immigration conservatives shouldn't be cheering so much at the new pope, going to enforce catholic views.
You know Mexico I believe is the second largest catholic nation in the world, and a very religious people. If they followed the good pope Benedict, they could literally take us over demographically.
People complained in my ma's old nabe when signs appeared in Spanish back in the 1960s as Puerto Ricans and Dominicans moved in. Now these same street have signs in Arabic. As you know, I am all for getting our borders under control, just saying that the situation on the East Coast has always been different. Whatever the case, folks will continue to vote Democratic as they always have, regardless of their ethnicity.
Lots of Protestants in Mexico these days as well, though not as many as in Brazil or Guatemala.
It has its share of 1-2 million dollar houses.
In the Northeast, that is not surprising. The last nabe I lived in (Bay Ridge) was a historically blue collar enclave where modest single family homes were going for $500K+ and there were houses $1M+ near the water. Of course the fact that the houses were being purchased by Middle Easterners and Pakistanis, while the rentals were in many cases being filled by Ecuadorians and Mexicans, did not sit well with the long time resident tavern-sports-and-cigarette-tawk-like-dis set, the latter of which is common in Danbury as well.
You's think the wealthy would take better care of their maids, gardeners and childcare workers.
What you said! There is no question at all that Danbury is considered a bad dream -- only a step above Bridgeport and a bit below Norwalk -- to the extent it enters into the Lower Fairfield County Consciousness. Their high school plays in the same league as the Gold Coast towns, but that's about the ONLY interaction for 95+% of LFC residents. The other 5% have ventured to the Danbury Mall once. Perhaps this is less true for Ridgefield and Wilton, which are closer to Danbury than to the coastline, but certainly Danbury might as well be Timbuktoo from Greenwich. I've lived here 20+ years and have been to Danbury perhaps half a dozen times: all for regional school music events for my kids.
"I agree with you, Brilliant! Let this happen in Connecticut. Maybe when wealthy bleeding-hearts....."
Bla, bla, bla...
Well most of us here in Ct are not wealthy..
I'm not a bleeding heart either. The trades and small (legit) businesses have been decimated here by the enormous influx of illegals.
Think before you stereo(type).
A walk through the Danbury Mall these days leaves me questionning what Country I'm in.
I am bilingual in English/Spanish, a daughter of naturalized U.S. citizens who immigrated here legally over 40 years ago from South America. I too, refuse to speak Spanish to the illegal immigrants I encounter. In fact, I am appalled at the unabashed and shameless false sense of entitlement that the illegal immigrants have (especially those backed/sponsored/encouraged by the Mexican government) in regards to undeserved benefits/privileges and rewards of citizenship! How dare they (sin verguenzas) demand bilingual education, driver's licenses, free medical care, free public education, in-state college tuition rates? It is an affront to law-abiding families like mine. I've done my part to oppose illegal immigration both politically and at home. I have turned away contractors who have brought crews that c/n produce any type of identification, I have reported local businesses that are hiring and harboring illegal immigrants. Everyone should report any suspected illegal immigrants or suspicious immigration activity directly to DHS-ICE at 1-866-2ICE