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.
That's about as much as it would take a US citizen to live in Danbury each month, while paying taxes and paying for all the freebies which the immigrants get. Especially considering the impossible road situation now. What used to be a very well laid out system is now congested and hazarded at every turn by illegal immigrants driving, without license or insurance, yet damaging property everywhere.
You know the illegal Brazilians you keep reading about?
This is another one of their footholds.
Probably, but could they ever really do that. Aren't they counting on illegals someday becoming future Democrat voters? The unions have flipped on this along time ago, recognizing that immigrants -- legal or illegal -- provide them with growth opportunities.
Illegal immigration, free trade, and the retiring of the baby boomers will bankrupt this country, kill the middle class, and put us towards the fast track to communism. These issues can be managed with but our government just seems to be run by bumbling idiots. I truely believe these are the last great days of America with the types of people we have running this country.
But they are counted. There is is box on the questionnaire for the census taker to mark "Hispanic", but not for "illegal", or "citizen"
This is just another bottom feeding local politician whining for more federal money and shifting the blame from his incompetence and corruption to the scapegoat group de jure.
Many of the towns near Danbury are exceedingly rich. New Caanan, Ridgefield, Wilton. Many maids work in those towns -- and, of course, must find a nearby town in which to live.
Tell me about it... I'm not that far from Danbury, and the place was awash in Brazillians ten years ago.
Now? Forget it.
A few towns over from where I live, in the working class community of Farmingville, NY, they are having a huge problem with illegals. These folks line up along the main intersections, blocking tarffic, and causing accidents. So how do the local politicians want to handle this? They want to build a "safehouse" where all the illegals can amass so that contractors can pick them up safely! It's insane.
You are right. I should have used better wording. Citizens do hire them too. But the facilitators are the corrupt politicians that skim the difference from the actual billing.
I have been looking for this cheap housekeeping which all these pro illegal immigration people seem to promise, and all I can find is the usual $60.00 a shot variety.
Danbury has Illegals who have opened up their own business's. They can significantly underbid the rest of us because they pay no insurance, taxes, Medicare, unemployment etc. They are not sources of cheap labor for anyone who is obeying the law, however they have created a considerable rich underground and illegal economy which is a parasite on the legitimate local economy. They are using all of the infrastructure free and sending much of their proceeds out of country, they are not even putting it back into Danbury. The government's failure to stop this is the only reason that it persists. It is not good for any native. I can see no reason why our leaders seem to believe that it is fine, other than that they believe that communities such as Danbury are disposable.
Give me a break. Danbury is just over the CT border from Westchester/Putnam counties, and this article exactly describes the situation in virtually every town here. These are normal American villages just overrun with illegals. INS, or ICE, or whatever it's called these days, does squat. The townspeople are sick of it, but the local governments' hands are completely tied. In our town, there's a "Hispanic Coalition" - local version of ACLU - that springs to alert when cops try to enforce the law. In fact, there IS no more loitering law in our town, thanks to the Coalition. Before you blame ordinary Americans, try investigating just how completely check-mated ordinary Americans are on stopping "this influx."
15,000 ILLEGALS in one town? Who's hiring them and why aren't they being prosecuted?
What are the Democrats proposing?
Ye-es, Danbury is basically a blue collar town that once produced a goodly percentage of the nations' hats. The fortunes of the city declined along with the number of derby wearers and today Danbury is a working-class enclave surrounded by some of the priciest(and fastest developing)real estate anywhere. McMansions are popping up in western Connecticut...well, like McMansions in western Connecticut, and the wealthy liberals who inhabit them hire bargeloads of illegals to maintain their property and look after little Megan and Evan and Rachel while Mummy and Dah-dy are out voting for Democrats. Believe me, not many immigrants work in Danbury itself, and there are no large meat processors or other labor-intensive industries in the area. Construction is a huge draw, and if an immigration agent walked onto a building site in Ct., the place would look like a ghost town in a split second. Connecticut has become a massive yupscale bedroom community/Olde New England shopping mall, and such places always need lots of illegals,or so it seems.
People aren't going to switch until someone comes up with a plan.
Look what just happened in Great Britain. Many seats were picked up by very conservative leaders in the latest election, because of their position on illegal immigration. I read and heard that one of the main issues driving the election this year was illegal immigration. The British people sent a very clear message to their elected officials - fix the problem. We have to do the same through elected officials who are willing to actually do something about the problem here in the US.
Construction firms are the biggest contributer to the problem.
Also thought about going to where the Mexicans congregate to pick-up construction work with about 5 or 6 of my friends and just congregate with them. That should be fun :-)
Or even going to construction sites and taking pictures of the job site, formen, workers. Not to prove anything, just to be obnoxious.
Heck, even call into ICE after passing by your favorite construction site and seeing the same two dozen workers who don't speak English there day after day, week after week. Report that the company is hiring illegals.
Finally, I've thought about going to Mexican run stores and snapping pics of the license plates of the cars sitting out front.
The trick is not to do anything illegal, just be a huge pain in the rear.
There are several farms around here, and they hire immigrant labor. Strangely, just down the road is the local Cornell University Cooperative Farm which sponsors 4-H clubs, numerous children's programs and summer camp, and some of the workers are inmates from the minimum security prison. I wonder why instead of using cheap illegal labor on farms we just don't use non-violent minimum security convicts? It's certainly not cruel and unusual punishment.
Surprisingly, the new County head, a Democrat, Steve Levy has been working hard to bring this problem to national attention and is promoting laws that will allow police officers who've arrested known illegal immigrants to detain them until INS deports them (currently they are not required to do so). Unlike his Republican predecessors, he is taking action. He may be posturing to make Hillary look good in the upcoming election, but it's still a start.
The wealthy folks of Westchester DON'T GIVE A SH-T ABOUT IMMIGRATION. Its basically a more urbanized version of Manhattan. Do you REALLY expect the folks in Scarsdale, Chappaqua, etc. to leave their liberalism behind to join together with the lunch pailers from places like Yonkers in some "anti-illegal" coalition?
I'm not blaming the towns people for the problem, but in many places citizens don't help themselves by continuing to to vote for pols who renege their promises. I'm simply stating that even though it's the government who aids and abets their entry and stay, we are also enabling them by hiring them for our menial jobs or doing business with companies that hire them.
"Republicans would lose both houses of congress if the Democrats really pushed this issue."
Each democrat and Republican will take a stand, based on local circumstances.
At the federal level, Hillary, with a get tough stand, WILL beat any Republican that runs on Bush's record.
Now I'm not saying she will be able to sell her brand of "get tough" and I'm not saying the Republican candidate will adopt Bush's record.
But the time seems to be clearly NOW that America demands changes.
Connecticut wants the Governor to enable deputizations, for what the feds won't do.
Arnold is moving for same, in California.
But we can pass and have laws at all levels, to no avail, unless resources (money and manpower) are devoted to enforcement.
Is Bush's latest solution to ADD another 50 immigration agents? 150, 550, 1,050?
When we need 25,000 or 50,000 or 200,000 added?
Bush wouldn't dare enflame his donor base of business interests, would he?
We currently have a no fault system. The employers NEVER go to jail, or pay huge fines.
The immigrants NEVER are punished enough, to convince others to not try.
Yeah. The liberal voters are the ones who should be the most upset because its their social programs which will crash.
Actually, they do.
I live in Mount Kisco, and there are dozens of working class towns like mine in Westchester - we do not all fit your caricature of rich snobs. (And what on earth could be "more urbanized" than Manhattan??) The illegal immigrant population strains social services to the breaking point and tremendously increases crime. Virtually everyone here is fed up - but stymied, since everything the law-abiding citizens have tried has been thwarted by the illegals' legal victories, ironic enough.
Oh, really? Read your post 5 again:
I think the people of this community should ask themselves if they too had a hand in this influx. If so many illegals are in this town, they have to ask themselves, why? The citizens are the ones hiring them. The illegals are their maids, child care providers, landscapers and gardeners and drivers. They fix and build their homes. Go to the posh Hamptons in NY and when you see who rides the buses in and out town, you know that it's not just fast-food chains, Mega-Stores and construction workers hiring them. Even obscenely wealthy people want to save a few bucks.
You obviously didn't read the article very closely. That line you quoted was from the author of the article, not the mayor. From the article: "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."
And:"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."
Hardly a politician who's just waiting for someone else to give him money.
The plant now has approximately 200 job openings. One of our guys was sent down there to do the hiring and as of the day before yesterday, he said that of the 40 people he has hired so far, 20 have quit.
If there are any FReepers in that area looking for work, let me know and I can certainly guarantee you an interview........