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Tuesday, September 12, 2006

The hypocritical nature of the anti-immigrant community in Danbury

(a cross post from Hat City Blog)

Oh, this is rich!

I came across this letter to the editor in today's Danbury News-Times. Note the portion in bold.
I am writing to discuss the largely overlooked issue of illegal immigration.

Our nation is at a precipice and if we fail to properly address the massive migration of illegal people into this country we will lose the democracy we hold so dear.

It is incumbent upon journalists and newspapers in this country to accurately and fairly report news and information on this issue. I am sad to write that this newspaper has failed in that regard and I truly hope that this lack of journalistic integrity will be addressed.

I ask this publication to live up to the level of reporting that I know you are capable of. In doing so, this paper will help to protect the people of this country from the destruction that illegal immigration will cause on a massive scale.

[...]

Those who are pro-illegal immigration are unwilling to listen to the other side of the story. It seems that intimidation, vulgarity and character assassination are the means by which they advance their cause.
Now, when I read the portion I highlighted in bold, I almost spilled my coffee on myself. One moment, we have those in the anti-immigrant community who are crying "foul" and then we have those boneheads who write crap like this:
I read in the paper that Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton raised the Brazilian flag on the City Hall flagpole in recognition of Brazilian independence day.

[...]

I hope that when he travels to Brazil, he takes an American flag with him so that he can raise the American flag on a Brazilian flagpole.
This moron wants the mayor, who raised a Brazilian flag in recognition of Brazilian independence day go just go down to Brazil and raise a American flag, beat his chest and scream USA!

Bonehead indeed.

Vulgarity, character assassination, and racist comments are labels that should ONLY apply to the anti-immigrant community wackos (or who I call xenophobes) who are ignored by most in the city. Anyone who has attended a anti-immigrant meeting or seen these people in action know what I'm talking about when I call these people over-the-top (to put it mildly).

Whether it's anti-immigrant people calling up on public access shows, screaming hate-fill rhetoric at immigrant marches, or showing their true colors at their events, it's the anti-immigrant community that have no problem expressing their outright hatred of all immigrants, not just those who are undocumented.


To further prove my case, here's a video highlight of the xenophobes who go by the names of the Connecticut Citizens for Immigration Control (CTCIC) and U.S. Citizens for Immigration Law Enforcement (USCILE). Watch these very small segment of the area show their true colors based on a report I did on the immigrant rally held in Danbury earlier this year.



Ripping up a flag...class act Uncle Sam.

I rest my case.

The problem isn't illegal immigration; it's the outright hatred of the people in the anti-immigration community and their inability to express themselves without showing their true racist nature.

OF COURSE illegal immigration is a problem, but it's a national problem and it's needs to be addressed but on a national scale. Since you’re limited to do much on a local level, Boughton is correct in addressing this as federal issue. The problem I have with the mayor is for all the speeches and press conferences he has given on illegal immigration in the last two years, he hasn't done what little he could do locally (within the law) nor is he lead the way in finding innovative ideas to help tackle the issue.

But that's for another post.

A bunch of radicals with no real agenda but to scream racist remarks and nonsense (you know who you are) does nothing to address the problem in Danbury. Most of these people will always hate someone or something whether it's immigrants, African-Americans, or gays...it's their nature to hate since most have nothing else to do with their time. It's because of these morons, who came into existence when Mayor Boughton flip-flopped over building a day-laborer center by Kennedy place he proposed and suddenly became the symbol of the anti illegal immigrant cause, that Danbury is now considered the laughing-stock of the state.

Think about it.

Here we are, more than two years after Boughton first raised the issue AND NOTHING HAS CHANGED IN THE CITY IN TERMS OF TACKLING ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION. All we get is the same old rhetoric from those at city hall with no results which begs the question...is this all ultimately just grandstanding? (I'll tackle that issue later). The only thing that has changed is the number of letters to the editor we have to read from a very small group of racists who do nothing but immigrants on a daily basis (this is WELL DOCUMENTED) and offer up unqualified Republicans such as the person who is trying to portray herself as a hero for senior citizens and running against Bob Godfrey (again). Luckily, there isn't a chance in hell she's going to win in a heavily Democratic district.

But that's for another post.

For many of you who are new to this site, here's what I'm going to do for you (including the reporters/editors at the News-Times who waste their time giving the extremists two seconds of their time). I'll present a very detailed presentation and history lesson of the origins of the anti-immigrant community (many of which DO NOT LIVE IN DANBURY). If we could only get beyond the idiots who scream their hatred, maybe we can look at this issue with common sense. Right now, even listening to these people and their out-of-touch idea is a COMPLETE waste of time.

...developing.