Immigration Newsletter

Friday, July 9, 2010

Sides square off in immigration case | Concord Monitor

Sides square off in immigration case | Concord Monitor

RAD ~ This is an old story (2005) that I happened to find an article about while I was looking for something else. I thought I would repost a link to it though because the new Arizona sensation that is SB 1070 really isn't anything new. The ditto heads here in New Hampshire attempted the same type of thing on the back of the criminal trespass law five years ago. Wow where did those five years go - it seems like just yesterday?

Here's an excerpt from the story:


JAFFREY - L. Phillip Runyon III, a local lawyer and part-time district court judge here, seemed reluctant to assume the additional role of border agent.
"Am I supposed to determine this person's immigration status?"Runyon asked incredulously. "Isn't that what the federal immigration process is all about?" ...
Police Chief Garrett Chamberlain          charged Ramirez with trespassing after federal immigration officials said they were too busy to take custody of Ramirez. ...
"I have to wonder whether old white ladies like me would be asked to prove their status, while people with dark skin would get pulled over," said Claire Ebel, executive director of the New Hampshire chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union. "This is profiling, aimed at people who don't look like overwhelmingly white New Hampshire." ...
Ramirez's lawyers asked Runyon to dismiss the trespassing charge yesterday, since immigration is already handled by federal courts.
"The decision of who's allowed to stay in the United States is a decision made by the United States, not by individual states, towns or local police chiefs," said attorney Randall Drew....

RAD ~ I know how it turned out in NH - we haven't had any more of these cases since 2005. We will have to see if President Obama and Attorney General Holder can get the same result out of Arizona.