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Saturday, April 01, 2006

Danbury mayor and immigration lawyer get personal at immigration forum

(The picture tells the story)

This is a cross posting from Hat City Blog. Since the immigration issue is the hot political topic in the nation, I thought it would be informative for those who are not from Connecticut to see how this issue has affected one city in a non-border state. The video clip will tell you all you need to know in terms of how emotional this topic has become for some residents of Danbury (including the mayor who personally attacked an immigration lawyer who was the guest speaker at this particular forum).

Watch and learn
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Did Mayor Boughton go too far personally attacking immigration lawyer Philip Berns? Did Berns get under Boughton's skin when he commented that Danbury does not care about the immigrant population?

The topic of conversation among many who attended the forum on immigration Wednesday night wasn't the immigration issue, but the sharp verbal exchange between Boughton and Berns. The two people were invited to speak about illegal immigration in Danbury but things quickly degraded and became personal with each taking verbal shots at each other. Things seem to reach a boiling point when Mayor Boughton personally attacked Berns' career as an immigration attorney.

You missed the forum? Upset you missed the fireworks? Heard about the exchange and want to see for you if Boughton or Berns went over the line? Well, don't worry; we have the videoclip so you can judge for yourself.



One thing is certain, this issue has angered people on both sides and if last night is any indication, this topic (and the anti-immigration rhetoric expressed by the radical members of the audience) will not go away any time soon.