Small town cop’s idea spreads further

New Ipswich, New Hampshire’s Chief of Police Garrett Chamberlain’s notion of charging illegal aliens with criminal trespassing is starting to spread. One eager fan of Chamberlain’s is Hudson, NH’s Chief of Police, Richard Gendron, has jumped on the bandwagon with both feet.

Chamberlain contented himself with arresting one man, and making a test case out of it. Gendron isn’t bothering with that — since that first arrest, his department has arrested nine more illegal aliens. In each case, the arrests followed traffic stops for other violations. Upon finding that they didn’t have a license and/or registration, they officers investigated further and then determined they were in the United States illegally.

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The New Hampshire chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union is deeply concerned. Claire Ebel, who to the best of my knowledge hasn’t held any other job in about 20 years or so, is eager to play the race card.

“It is of extreme concern that there is at least one police chief in the state of New Hampshire that seems to be on a crusade to sweep in every person of color that his department can stop,” Claire Ebel, executive director of the New Hampshire Civil Liberties Union, said yesterday.

“I don’t know if they are using racial profiling, but it is a question that needs to be asked and answered. It strains credibility that this is coincidence,” she said yesterday, noting all of those charged are from Mexico and Brazil.

So far, it’s just two police chiefs in two small towns in one small state. And while I’m sure it would give Peter Gabriel fits to see his lyrics used to support this movement, I still have to quote these lines from “Biko:”

“You can blow out the candle
But you can’t blow out the fire
Once the flames begin to catch
The wind will blow it higher.”

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