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Faceoff over civil rights and immigration legalities
Manchester Union Leader ^ | May 24, 2005 | By STEPHEN SEITZ and DAN McLEAN

Posted on 05/24/2005 3:36:23 AM PDT by NH Red

Despite efforts yesterday of a group of protesters — armed with a letter signed by 200 sympathizers — New Ipswich Police Chief W. Garrett Chamberlain said he would not budge on his stance against allowing illegal immigrants in town.

"I will not subscribe to the open-borders philosophy," Chamberlain told a crowd of about 30 members of the New Hampshire Immigrant Rights Task Force yesterday.

The group rallied first at the New Ipswich police station to protest Chamberlain's use of the state's criminal trespassing law to bring some attention to the federal government's failure to take custody of illegal immigrants his department has arrested.

New Ipswich Police Chief W. Garrett Chamberlain, left, listens as Rep. Hector M. Velez, D-Manchester, reads a statement yesterday. (STEPHEN SEITZ) "If you're going to come here, then come here legally. I'll welcome you with open arms," Chamberlain said.

The protesters, made up of various human rights and labor organizations from around New Hampshire, also delivered a letter of protest to Hudson Police Chief Richard Gendron.

The letter, read to Chamberlain by Rep. Hector M. Velez, D-Manchester, chastised officials for "unjust unconstitutional denials of human rights."

"Everyone in the United States of America, regardless of immigration status, is entitled to equal protection under our nation's laws," Velez said.

The group also accused police departments of setting the stage for racial profiling through their actions.

"Those who are most likely to come under police scrutiny under such policies would be people whose complexion is dark, who speak languages other than English, and who were born in other countries, regardless of immigration status," Velez read.

Just before protesters arrived in Hudson, Gendron was being hailed by a group of legislators who presented him with a plaque. The recently formed New Hampshire House of Representatives Immigration Caucus was led by Rep. David Buhlman, R-Hudson.

Bulhman said they came to formally recognize Gendron's "courage to stand up and apply these laws to apprehend those who are in the United States illegally, and who are, therefore, breaking our laws."

The Immigration Caucus, which was formed in February by about 20 House members, plans to introduce a package of legislation in September, including a resolution calling upon the U.S. Congress "to get the (illegal immigration) situation under control," Buhlman said.

Legislation will also be introduced to codify the use of the state's criminal trespass law to charge illegal immigrants — as New Ipswich and Hudson police have done — and to make it a state crime to knowingly hire illegal immigrants, he said.

It remains unclear if the current criminal trespass charges will be upheld by the courts.

Gendron accepted the plaque, saying, "There is a process in place to come into this country, and everyone needs to follow it . . . I think it took 9/11 to wake us up, and I think, unfortunately, we've fallen back asleep."

New Hampshire AFL-CIO president Mark MacKenzie, who attended the protest, said illegal immigrants are part of the economy "and that's the reality."

Charging illegal immigrants with criminal trespassing "is an embarrassment for New Hampshire," he said. "I think it paints us a right-wing, reactionary state."

Lily Mesa of Manchester said this practice will scare immigrants from calling police if they need help, causing a public safety issue.

Arnie Alpert, right, listens to Russell Cook, left, as Bruce Miller looks on in the parking lot of the New Ipswich police station yesterday. Cook was praising Police Chief W. Garrett Chamberlain for charging an illegal immigrant with trespassing, while Alpert was joined by about 30 critics saying the trespassing charge is unjust and unconstitutional. (AP) Protesters held signs reading: "You can't trespass on public property," and "No Human Being Is Illegal."

Chamberlain reiterated his position.

"I knew this situation would be misconstrued," Chamberlain said. "This issue is legal versus illegal, it's not a matter of nationality. I've never detained anyone who was here legally, ever. I apply the law evenly across the board to everybody."

Chamberlain has gained national attention for charging Jorge Mora Ramirez, 21, with criminal trespassing. After Ramirez's car broke down in New Ipswich in mid-April, police determined he was in the U.S. illegally and charged him with criminal trespass. He is scheduled for trial on July 12.

Calling Chamberlain's use of the criminal trespass law "pretty creative," Gendron decided to charge illegal immigrants found in Hudson in the same fashion.

Less than a month after Chamberlain charged Ramirez, two officers stopped a vehicle on May 10 on Derry Road in Hudson because one of the vehicle's headlights did not work. After determining the driver and the passenger were illegal immigrants, police charged Sergio Ruiz-Robles, 21, and Margarito Jaramillio Escobar, 23, with criminal trespassing. Both men live in Nashua. Both admitted to entering the U.S. illegally, Gendron has said.

Among those turning out to support Gendron was Tom Stiling of Westford, Mass.

"We're protesting the protesters. We really believe that the government should be enforcing the borders."

"We can't afford to pay for all these people," said Neil Foley of Concord. "I'm just an average 'Joe Citizen,' and this stuff is really irking me."

Theo Amani of the NH Immigrants Rights Task Force stressed that while the group has no quarrel with police, they believe Chamberlain over-stepped his authority by applying the criminal trespass law to Ramirez — who admitted to police that he was an illegal alien from Mexico.

"We tell immigrants that when something is wrong, the first place to go is the police station," he said. "The police are there to protect them. It's very important to keep in the community the feeling that the police are not the enemy. But this case is an abuse of power. The chief is there to enforce the law, not create the law."

Chamberlain said the response he's had has been overwhelmingly positive.

"I'd say about 700 positive e-mails and loads of letters," he said. "One that sticks out is from a World War II veteran who wrote me that, up until he saw this story, he thought that his service had been for nothing."


TOPICS: Extended News; Miscellaneous; US: New Hampshire
KEYWORDS: aliens; immigrantlist; immigration

1 posted on 05/24/2005 3:36:23 AM PDT by NH Red
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To: NH Red

Here is the link to the PD to show your support. You can also read about the case that started this, the link is on the front page.
http://www.nipd.net/

Bear :-)


2 posted on 05/24/2005 3:43:41 AM PDT by MA~Bear
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To: NH Red
I drove by this yesterday in New Ipswich. Pretty low-key.

Chamberlain's an impressive young guy. Well spoken, very respective and good-humored.

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Can you find the Quaker lady?

3 posted on 05/24/2005 4:07:32 AM PDT by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: billorites
I stopped yesterday and talked to the gentleman holding the one dissenting sign. Wish I could have stayed with my own sign but work calls unlike most of the protesters there.
4 posted on 05/24/2005 4:16:40 AM PDT by NH Red
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To: MA~Bear

Thanks for the link, hope many will write short and supportive messages. He is a just and brave man to take this on knowing he will have to face the music on the "other side" of this issue.


5 posted on 05/24/2005 5:21:27 AM PDT by ozarkgirl
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To: billorites

It appears there are lots of pro illegal signs and just a couple anti illegal people out there. Is this the case? I certainly hope they can muster more on the anti illegal side since 80% of American's want to secure the border.


6 posted on 05/24/2005 5:23:15 AM PDT by ozarkgirl
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To: NH Red

I hope he went through the crowd and checked those in attendance for their green cards.


7 posted on 05/24/2005 5:29:04 AM PDT by sgtbono2002
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To: NH Red

Valez needs to keep in mind - it is one's right to break the law - if they wish to suffer the consequences. Don't like the consequences? tough until we change the law.


8 posted on 05/24/2005 5:33:45 AM PDT by azhenfud ("He who is always looking up seldom finds others' lost change...")
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To: NH Red

The protesters, who called themselves a Human Rights Caravan, carried signs with messages like: “No Human Being is Illegal,” “Undocumented Immigrants Pay Taxes, is that illegal?” and “You Can’t Trespass on Public Property.”

“We are representing communities across the state and don’t want the message sent that this is what New Hampshire is all about,” said Mark MacKenzie, president of N.H. AFL-CIO, just before leaving for Hudson. “All people who come here should be protected.”

Among those present was Escobar. “We’re here just to work, not be treated as criminals,” he said.

Jim Giddings of Greenville, “People are coming here to earn a living,” he added. “Their option is to sneak across the border to get a job.”

State Rep. Hector Velez of Manchester, speaking for New Hampshire Immigrants Rights Task Force, read from a prepared statement, and said his organization was “deeply troubled by the arrests here and in Hudson,” and said it was an “unjust denial of human rights.”

Peter Buchanan of Dover, “People who are undocumented come here for better opportunities, the same as our ancestors did. They want to work to support their families. The way he is going about it is negative. It is racial profiling.”


9 posted on 05/24/2005 5:35:07 AM PDT by kcvl
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To: NH Red

>>>Chamberlain said the response he's had has been overwhelmingly positive.

"I'd say about 700 positive e-mails and loads of letters," he said. "One that sticks out is from a World War II veteran who wrote me that, up until he saw this story, he thought that his service had been for nothing."<<<<


God bless that veteran..

and Thank You Officer Chamberlain, you have renewed my faith in Law Enforcement.. i wish there were a million more like you. God bless you and stay safe.


10 posted on 05/24/2005 6:56:17 AM PDT by sdpatriot (remember waco and ruby ridge)
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To: MA~Bear; 1_Inch_Group; 2sheep; 2Trievers; 3AngelaD; 3rdcanyon; 4.1O dana super trac pak; ...
Click to see other threads related to illegal aliens in America
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Ma~bear, thanks for this link, where we can send a note of support to Chief Chamberlain.

11 posted on 05/24/2005 9:05:47 AM PDT by HiJinx (~ www.ProudPatriots.org ~ Operation 4th of July ~)
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To: NH Red

Who funds this "task force?" Whoever does needs a good anal exam, metaphorically speaking.


12 posted on 05/24/2005 9:27:26 AM PDT by junta ("Racism" a word invented so as to allow morons access to the political debate.)
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To: MA~Bear
Let me add this to your post:

New Ipswich, NH Police Department.
659 Turnpike Road
PO Box 439
New Ipswich, NH 03071
Phone: 603-878-2771
Fax:603-878-4675

If you would like to send your comments about the illegal alien situation to Chief Chamberlain, click here. ( 901@nipd.net )

13 posted on 05/24/2005 9:59:29 AM PDT by DumpsterDiver
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To: gubamyster

ping


14 posted on 05/24/2005 10:01:20 AM PDT by DumpsterDiver
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To: MA~Bear
Here is a copy of the e-mail I sent to Chief Chamberlain. He said he had received 700 e-mails and many letters. I hope that in the end he receives many thousands of e-mails and letters. It only takes a minute to send an e-mail through the link posted by MA~Bear. Dear Chief Chamberlain, We sent an e-mail earlier, to which you kindly repied. We wish at this time to re-affirm our support for your actions toward illegal aliens trespassing on America. We again applaud your courage and fortitude. Do not let the politically correct fools disuade you from your path. Something must be done to stop the flood of illegals before the American culture is totally destroyed. Thank you for standing up for all of us.
15 posted on 05/24/2005 10:19:02 AM PDT by JoeBob (If you live like sheep the wolves will eat you.)
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To: NH Red

I'm a Hudson, NH, resident, and I sent a note of support to Chief Gendron last week. I received 2 replies: one from the department communications person saying that they've received only positive remarks, and another just now from Chief Gendron saying that they will remain committed to this cause.


16 posted on 05/24/2005 1:21:53 PM PDT by LibFreeOrDie (L'chaim!)
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To: NH Red

This guy rocks. He is a true hero. And he's not exactly ugly either. The people in his community are very lucky.


17 posted on 05/24/2005 1:37:10 PM PDT by 3AngelaD
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To: billorites

Can you find Granny Clampett?


18 posted on 05/24/2005 1:38:33 PM PDT by 3AngelaD
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To: 3AngelaD
"Can you find Granny Clampett?"

That Quaker lady is a neighbor of mine here in town and teaches at the local Quaker school.

She's very nice, but politically the Quakers tend to skew a tiny bit to the left.


19 posted on 05/24/2005 1:53:14 PM PDT by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: sgtbono2002
"I hope he went through the crowd and checked those in attendance for their green cards."

I can assure you he did not.

I was struck by how respectful and polite the protestors were and by how professional and courteous the chief was as well.

The whole thing reflected well on those involved.

20 posted on 05/24/2005 1:56:27 PM PDT by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: ozarkgirl
"It appears there are lots of pro illegal signs and just a couple anti illegal people out there. Is this the case?"

Well, it was the pro-immigrant's protest after all. They organized it all and delivered the petitions to Chamberlain. I didn't hear about it until yesterday morning on the local NPR station.

There's no question but that public opinion around here is fully behind Chief Chamberlain.

21 posted on 05/24/2005 2:00:12 PM PDT by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: billorites
There's no question but that public opinion around here is fully behind Chief Chamberlain.

I'm very glad to hear that. I wrote him a short email and was very surprised to get a personal response.

22 posted on 05/24/2005 2:23:33 PM PDT by ozarkgirl
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To: ozarkgirl
"Everyone in the United States of America, regardless of immigration status, is entitled to equal protection under our nation's laws," Velez said...Theo Amani of the NH Immigrants Rights Task Force stressed "The chief is there to enforce the law, not create the law."

Cliff&Theo
"Methinks the boy Theo has gotten himself confused between his friend creating Constitutional laws that aren't there and the chief's attempts to uphold the real ones. It's going to take more than 23 minutes to straighten him out."

23 posted on 05/24/2005 6:49:21 PM PDT by NewRomeTacitus
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To: NH Red; MeekOneGOP; Gipper08; Diogenesis; JohnHuang2; keri; international american; Kay Soze; ...
This man is a partiot deserving of our help . .

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Arnie Alpert, right, listens to Russell Cook, left, as Bruce Miller looks on in the parking lot of the New Ipswich police station yesterday. Cook was praising Police Chief W. Garrett Chamberlain for charging an illegal immigrant with trespassing, while Alpert was joined by about 30 critics saying the trespassing charge is unjust and unconstitutional. (AP)

Despite efforts yesterday of a group of protesters — armed with a letter signed by 200 sympathizers — New Ipswich Police Chief W. Garrett Chamberlain said he would not budge on his stance against allowing illegal immigrants in town.

"I will not subscribe to the open-borders philosophy," Chamberlain told a crowd of about 30 members of the New Hampshire Immigrant Rights Task Force yesterday.

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Chief W. Garrett Chamberlain
NEW IPSWICH POLICE DEPARTMENT
659 Turnpike Road
PO Box 439
New Ipswich, NH 03071
Phone: 603-878-2771
Fax: 603-878-4675
E-Mail: 901@nipd.net


24 posted on 05/29/2005 1:47:31 PM PDT by Happy2BMe ("Viva La Migra" - LONG LIVE THE BORDER PATROL!)
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To: NH Red
This man speaks for millions of Americans who are prepared to dig in their heels against the illegal alien invasion.

Support him if you can.

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"I will not subscribe to the open-borders philosophy," Chamberlain told a crowd of about 30 members of the New Hampshire Immigrant Rights Task Force yesterday.

25 posted on 06/29/2005 8:21:56 AM PDT by Happy2BMe
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