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Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Is the Danbury Police chief in agreement with a hate-group

Here's an interesting note in today's Stamford Advocate about the latest antics of the our favorite hate-group, Connecticut Citizens for Immigration Control (CTCIC), which caught my eye. It seems that CTCIC founder Paul Streitz received word from Danbury Police Chief Alan Baker that, according to city attorneys, the Danbury Police Department can enforce immigration laws.

Streitz has continued his push to get city officials and police officers in the state to enforce federal immigration laws. His group most recently obtained a letter from Danbury's police chief saying that, based on city attorneys' advice, local police can enforce immigration laws.

Streitz said Danbury's police chief is the first in the state to express this view and hopes others will follow.

"We want them to start putting pressure on employers and homeowners that this is illegal behavior," Streitz said, referring to the hiring of day laborers who are in the country illegally.

Danbury's police chief, Alan Baker, did not return a call for comment yesterday.
Why didn't Police Chief Baker return calls from the Stamford Advocate. Why hasn't Mayor Boughton commented on this issue. As of today, we haven't heard anything from the Mayor's office in regards to local police being able to enforce federal immigration laws.

If the police can enforce immigration laws, why did Boughton ask to have the state police enforce the immigration laws in the first place?

Call the Chief of Police (203-797-4614) or the Mayor's office (203-797-4511) and ask him to clarify the local police's role in terms of enforcing a federal law.

Is Streitz lying about the letter (it wouldn't surprise me) or does the city agree with the opinion of a hate-group?