Worcester cop: We’re not the border patrol

posted by Mike on June 22nd, 2006

Kudos to Milton Valencia for putting together an article on local govt responses to illegal immigration, with a Worcester focus.

“Police unwilling to be immigration agents:”

WORCESTER— Police Chief Gary J. Gemme doesn’t see his officers assuming the role of immigration agents. Saying it would spoil community relations, the chief echoed a chorus of opposition against Gov. Mitt Romney’s proposal allowing state police to arrest illegal immigrants, saying it would create fears of a police state.

“You don’t want victims to not report a crime because of a greater fear of police,” the chief said. “Part of community policing is reaching out to the community and developing support.”

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The chief said his officers have worked with immigration officials before, as they have with other federal agents. Recently, ICE agents were asked to review a list of Worcester’s most notorious criminals, with the chief checking whether their immigration status could be a way to keep them in jail and off city streets.

It wasn’t a solution, however. Each person on the list was a U.S. citizen, the chief said.

A Romney spokesman is predictably quoted as saying “We are a nation of laws.” Just once, I’d like a reporter to ask the follow-up question, “What do you mean by that?”

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  1. On February 21, 2008 at 19:07 Jake said:

    There will come a day when the constitution will be done away with. A collapsed nation with bread lines and million starving and many more dead. Wheat is scarce and the price of any food is high. To continue they must get rid of the constitution and thats what Hillary will do. Sorry, but Hillary will be the next president and that will just suck. Check out http://www.borderguards.org Check out the new DVD that explains why congress is refusing to protect our borders even 6 years after the devastating impact of 9/11 movie is “Endgame: Blueprint for Global Enslavement” available at netflix

    Or

    http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=1070329053600562261&q=endgame&total=3440&start=0&num=10&so=0&type=search&plindex=0

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