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Wednesday, May 25, 2005

A Confrontation Over Immigration

CT Citizens for Immigration Control held their second meeting last night in West Hartford and I think it's safe to say that they won't be planning a third meeting there anytime soon.

Hoping to avoid confrontations, organizers of the demonstration had encouraged people not to enter the meeting. West Hartford police did not stop people from entering the community center, but asked those who had signs to leave them outside.

An hour after the meeting started at 6:30 p.m., demonstrators almost outnumbered those who were there at the beginning.

Long opened the meeting to questions at about 8 p.m. as eight West Hartford police officers positioned themselves around the perimeter of the auditorium. It didn't take long for the question-and-answer period to descend into a shouting match.

"This has been a very lively discussion," she said. "Thank you all for coming."

Long said the group had considered holding another meeting in Waterbury next month.

But as people filed out of the room Tuesday, she said a "boring, old fashioned" organizing meeting for members only might better serve the group.

"We really need to decide if this kind of meeting serves a purpose," she said.

Let me answer that for you Ms Long. NO! You silly little organization is a joke and shouldn't get as much press coverage as it has been getting in the first place (and is about of ridiculous as the failed Minuteman project which your co-founder Paul Streitz is a member of). Your crusade against immigration is shameless and ussing fear tactics such as linking the illegal immigration issue with 9-11 is simply a disgrace. If you think you had a tough time in West Hartford, try holding a meeting like that in Waterbury.

Gideon over at The Connecticut Law Blog has all the details on the meeting.