After previous pro and anti immigrant demonstrations in Danbury, the CT Citizens for Immigration Control will hold a rally in West Hartford tonight. The original meeting in Danbury was held soon after Danbury Mayor Boughton asked AG Blumenthal to consider deputizing state troopers as immigration agents.
Darien resident Paul Streitz, one of the group’s founders, said
Connecticut is ripe for the positions his group is pushing. He said
undocumented immigrants are taking more and more jobs in the state,
particularly from low-income workers.
The group also says tighter immigration controls are needed as the country adjusts to the realities of a post 9/11 world. "It’s a problem that has to be fixed," Streitz said. "You can’t have a
country that doesn’t have borders and you don’t control who comes in."
Interestingly, Streitz had participated in the failed Minutemen project in Arizona a few months ago.
To counter this meeting, pro immigrant groups are also planning a protest march tonight.
Soon after [CT Citizens for Immigration Control] announced it would come to West Hartford, more
than a dozen organizations, including unions, religious groups and
immigration advocates, formed the Ad Hoc Committee for Immigrant Rights.
The group will hold a demonstration tonight, meeting at Shields Plaza
on New Britain Avenue at 5:30, then marching to the Elmwood Community
Center to picket the meeting."We felt the need, as people who live in the area and are strong
supporters of immigration rights, to go there and let them know," said
West Hartford resident Peter Goselin, of the state chapter of the
National Lawyers Guild.
AG Blumenthal still hasn’t issued an opinion on Mayor Boughton’s request.
I don’t know about you, but this is starting to make me uneasy.