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Sunday, June 12, 2011

Pro-Illegal Immigration Groups Try To Turn RI Atty Gen's Neighbors Against Him

The tactic which has come into vogue, particularly for SEIU protests, is to go to your opponents' home to protest, even if it means frightening the children in the house.

Pro-illegal immigrant groups in Rhode Island have taken it one step further, not only protesting in front of the home of Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin, but also knocking on neighbors' doors in protest of Rhode Island's participation in the federal Secure Communities Program.

As detailed here before, Governor Linc Chafee and a host of others want to turn Rhode Island into a sanctuary state, refusing even to participate in the Secure Communities Program which requires that fingerprints for all people arrested on other charges be sent to Homeland Security for an immigration status check.  The feds say localities cannot opt out, and AG Kilmartin supports the program as a way of getting criminals out of the community.

Chafee has tried to prevent Rhode Island's participation even after a plea from the victim of a kidnapping and rape committed by an illegal alien.

Kilmartin, however, campaigned on a promise to participate in the Secure Communities Program, and as a result, Kilmartin has been targeted for protest as reported in The Providence Journal:
On the afternoon of May 1, nearly 200 people in school buses arrived at the Pawtucket home of Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin. But the event was hardly a school picnic.
Carrying signs that said, “Racist Policies Not in the Public Interest,” the activists demonstrated against Kilmartin’s implementation of the controversial federal Secure Communities program, aimed at identifying and deporting the most dangerous criminal illegal immigrants.

They visited Kilmartin’s neighbors, knocking on doors along Armistice Boulevard and handing out leaflets asking them to pressure Kilmartin to “rethink” his policy.
To his credit, Kilmartin is not intimidated:
Kilmartin, who pledged during his campaign that he would pursue Secure Communities here, said in a phone interview, “The governor can say or do whatever position he wants to take. The fact is, it’s in the purview of the attorney general to sign on or not sign on to the program, not the governor.”

As to the demonstration outside his house, Kilmartin said, “You know what? It’s everyone’s right to protest. What I will tell you is, I believe it’s inappropriate to go to someone’s home and protest. If they thought it was going to sway me, that’s not the way to do it.”
Thiis new tactic is no surprising, considering that Obama extolled people to argue with their neighbors, and get in their faces.  It's the attitude which has come to epitomize the angry left.

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  1. Professor, as Obama's approval rating drops (his dead cat bounce from the killing of Obama now gone) and the left realized that he may be a one-term wonder, expect for them to get more radical, and more violent.

    The SEIU has a strong membership, especially in California, that are illegal immigrants. You see, they care more about collecting dues than they do in protecting the jobs of legal Americans. If Caesar Chavez was alive today, he would be, once again, manning the borders to keep illegals out. Oh, that's right, they ignore the fact that Chavez turned violent against illegals when trying to protect the jobs of California's native born Hispanics.

    Throughout history, it is the left that becomes violent. I expect the incidents to increase as Nov. 2012 gets nearer. And it is what Saul Alinsky promoted.

  2. Meh, Rhode Island is hopeless. We ought to give it back to Mexico.

    And I agree completely with what retire05 said. Most Mexicans I know out here are against illegal immigration and were the ones who first opened my eyes to it ten+ years ago. No one gets hurt more by having to compete with 3rd world poverty than those on the front line: first generation LEGAL immigrants and blacks. Forcing America's poor to compete against abject poverty is unconscionable.

  3. School buses - I hope they were used legally.

  4. @Pasadena Phil, Rhode Island never belonged to Mexico. Not even Spain.

    Why did the newspaper wait 45 days to publish this story? It happened on May 1??

  5. Little known but still Fun Facts about immigration:

    Beginning with the onset of the Great Depression in 1929 and continuing through seven years of FDR's Presidency, some 500,000 Mexicans were forced or pressured into leaving the US for Mexico. About 80,000 of them were illegals but the rest were legal residents and included an unknown number of children who would today be regarded as US citizens.

    The reason was, of course, jobs, jobs, jobs, which were in short supply.

    Mexicans were not alone in being targeted by this generally forgotten New Deal program. There were an estimated 400,000 illegal immigrants in the US (imagine how little people would care today about such a small number). About 160,000 of these were found, rounded up and deported.

    Just goes to show you how radically the Democratic Party has changed since the days of the sainted FDR.

  6. It's classic progressive thuggery.

    In any case, linked: 'Rule 5 'Breastaurants' Update!'

  7. The fear and intimidation tactics, while attracting some news in the beginning, soon fizzle out, as well as the media attention.

    The worse possible reaction to these short-sighted street corner rabble rousers is to let them scare you.

    When they gathered around my home and the homes of my neighbors back in March of 2005, we all just waved at them and smiled. Six years later, there still has not been one demonstration near my home.

    It is always a good idea to summon law enforcement to referee the situation, though. It deters violence and property damage.

    It is nice to know that Attorney General Kilmartin is not intimidated by attempts at mob rule.

    See you Rhode Islanders again in July.

    Jim GIlchrist, Founder and President, The Minuteman Project (Aliso Viejo, Ca,)