Garrett Chamberlain is the chief of police in New Ipswich, New Hampshire, a small town along the Massachusetts border in the western part of the state. They’ve had occasional problems with illegal immigrants in the past year or so. Last summer, they caught a van full of illegals, but were ordered by Immigration officials to let them go.
Chief Chamberlain never forgot that, and has had numerous other encounters with illegals since then, all ending unsatisfactorily. But recently, he sat down with some of his officers and tried to find a solution.
Looking through New Hampshire laws, they think they found one.
Last Friday, they put their theory to the test by arresting a Mexican illegal immigrant and charging him with criminal trespass, for being within the town of New Ipswich, where he was “not licensed or privileged” to be.
Jorge Ramirez managed to come up with bail, and is scheduled to appear in court again on May 3.
I don’t know if this will catch on in other communities, or if it’ll even hold up, but I like it. It reminds me a little of the Minuteman Project. It gives me hope for the people of the country — when the federal government fails to take necessary action, the “little people” are still willing and able to step up and do what needs to be done.
Now we just have to see if it’ll “take.” Man, I hope it does.