New Ipswich Police Chief W. Garrett Chamberlain refuses to bow to open borders proponents even after they staged a protest in front of the police station. Chamberlain arrested illegal alien Jorge Mora Ramirez, 21, in mid-April after ICE refused to take him into custody even after Ramirez admitted he was an illegal alien. He is scheduled for trial in July.
The Union Leader
"I will not subscribe to the open-borders philosophy," Chamberlain told a crowd of about 30 members of the New Hampshire Immigrant Rights Task Force yesterday.
"If you're going to come here, then come here legally. I'll welcome you with open arms," Chamberlain said.
Lily Mesa of Manchester said this practice will scare immigrants from calling police if they need help, causing a public safety issue.
Protesters held signs reading: "You can't trespass on public property," and "No Human Being Is Illegal."
Sure you can tresspass on public property, because public property is owned by the citizens of the US and if you aren't in the country legally you have no right to be on any piece of land in this country.
"I knew this situation would be misconstrued," Chamberlain said. "This issue is legal versus illegal, it's not a matter of nationality. I've never detained anyone who was here legally, ever. I apply the law evenly across the board to everybody."
Chamberlain said the response he's had has been overwhelmingly positive.
"I'd say about 700 positive e-mails and loads of letters," he said. "One that sticks out is from a World War II veteran who wrote me that, up until he saw this story, he thought that his service had been for nothing."
The open borders people really are a small portion of the country as the majority of Americans in every poll
want our immigration laws to be enforced. On average the polls show nearly 75% support enforcement and some polls show as many as 85% want stricter enforcement.
It's simply amazing that people in this country demand (and have a right to expect) that the laws be enforced, and then they cry racism when an officer of the law actually enforces them. I don't understand why there is so much red tape in getting these people out and back to where they came from. Why is there a need for trials, and then it's weeks before they are deported? They should not be here, so what's wrong with sticking them on a same-day flight? And as for the children wh are born to illegals in the US, they should go with their parents...I think that if your parents aren't legal and you happen to be born here, then you aren't legal either.
Posted by: Cacan on May 26, 2005 10:57 AM
I am a legal immigrant from the Dominican Republic. I agree 100% with the idea that the Federal government should strictly enforce immigration laws to keep illegal immigrants from entering or residing in the country because of National Security concerns. However, it is ludicrous to think that charging an illegal immigrant with criminal trespassing is the best way to approach the problem. It is a fact that without many of the illegal immigrants that come to this country and work the California fields or perform the jobs that Anglo-Americans are too prideful to undertake, this countries economic standing would not be what it is today.
It is interesting to note that many of the people that fight to keep the illegal immigrants out of this country are the ones that would never think twice about taking the jobs that illegal immigrants risk their lives to take. Do not get me wrong, I want a safer country just as the next person, but I do not think that charging a hardworking individual with criminally trespassing for coming into this country illegally is the best way to fix the problem. There are many other ways to address the problem. For example, we should fight for better immigration laws that would allow easier access for those that are willing to work hard and respect this beautiful nation.
Posted by: Frank Peralta on July 13, 2005 01:33 PM