Skip to comments.Connecticut Town Struggles With Illegal Immigrants
Posted on 05/07/2005 10:42:36 AM PDT by antonia
DANBURY, Conn. - Mayor Mark Boughton 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 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.
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.
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Republicans would lose both houses of congress if the Democrats really pushed this issue.
Agreed. Americans are sick of it. Such has been suggested to the Party leadership again and again. But they NEVER listen.
30 X $5 = $150 per day = $1050 per week = about $4200-4500 per month. Was the homeowner or the person renting the place out, charged?
They'll have to, sooner or later...either in office or in trying to take it back, their choice.
Good, they shouldn't get any federal aid for the illegals. Just kick them out instead.
The American Pimples want cheap goods, but their going to pay one way or another.
their=they're (frustrated sigh)
Yes, but the Democrats are counting on those now illegal hispanic votes in future. This is the best chance for a third party candidate, average Americans are fed-up with this travesty.
It's unbelievable that a community's population can grow to twenty percent illegal and NOTHING IS DONE ABOUT IT! What is the problem with the governor? I've come to the conclusion that our system has created a class of lawyer/politicians who are fearless when it comes to trashing political opponents in order to gain power, but who are gutless and impotent when it comes to governing.
LOL, Feel our pain. We are overloaded with illegal aliens, and no one still wants to talk about it. Out hospitals are going out of business, trauma centers in remaining hospitals are going defunct, Schools are wayyyyyy overcrowded, and so on and so on and so on.
Meanwhile, Mexico and all the other countries are strip mining this nations wealth and NO ONE CARES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Don't worry I'm not Xenalyte. :) I'm not a stickler for proper grammar. Your point got across, and it was well-taken!
They are not called the stupid party for no reason.
No you will just have what Mr. Hahn said after he was elected in Los Angeles. "Los Angeles is a Mexican City". No one wants to hurt their feelings.
We, we'll just vote the SOB's out!!
I don't know if the dems would win over the illegals. The dems use to have a large PTA/Soccer mom base of support. The introduction of homo agenda's to the school curriculum is a major issue they won't be forgetting anytime soon.
>>>The citizens are the ones hiring them.
I can't speak for CT; but in NJ, it is the politicians that hire them, Pay for Play contract bids.
They pay the illegal workers peanuts and then bill the general fund the top going market price for the jobs they do.
Don't know where the price difference goes.
Maybe if former Gov Whitmann is a member of this forum, she might come over and explain it to us.