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Ecuadorian Officials Discuss Illegal Immigration [VIDEO]

More than 200 people listened as two Ecuadorian officials met with Milford Selectmen Wednesday, to discuss issues about illegal immigration in Milford.

met with Milford Selectmen Wednesday, and pledged to continue to work with town officials to address issues surrounding illegal immigration.

But they proposed nothing specific as an immediate solution to the pressures facing Milford, leaving many in the audience of 200 residents dissatisfied. The meeting was held upstairs at , after the selectmen's meeting room exceeded its capacity.

Attending on behalf of the Ecuadorian government were Beatriz G. Almeida Stein, Ecuador's consul general in Boston, and Pablo Calle, Ecuador's administrator of immigration for 49 states, including Massachusetts.

After walking into the meeting, they shook hands and spoke with the family of Matthew Denice, who Milford police say was killed Aug. 20 by an Ecuadorian citizen who was driving while intoxicated, and living in the United States illegally.

Almeida Stein spoke only briefly, telling officials she had requested the meeting, "to talk to you, to see how we can work together." The Ecuadorians living in Milford, she said, need to understand the rules and the laws, and abide by them.

"They are here and they have to respect the laws," she said.

In comments he made, at greater length, Calle said the solutions to illegal immigration are complex, and will include changing the economics that are encouraging people to leave Ecuador. "You know the reality of immigration, people move to other countries because they don't have opportunities where they are leaving."

For those who would suggest that Ecuadorians who are in the U.S. illegally should "leave overnight," Calle said: "That is something that is not in our hands. Even if we wanted to do it. "

The comments of the officials sometimes frustrated some in the audience, who occasionally cat-called, or called out in anger.

The family of , interviewed following the meeting, said they felt the officials' visit was intended to relieve pressure on the Ecuadorian community — not to offer concrete solutions. They were also upset that the officials arrived 30 minutes late to the session.

"If they have no action plan, if they don't have any authority to change anything, why were they here tonight?" said Michael Denice, 25, Matthew's older brother.

"They're here so they could smooth things over," he said. "I think they came here to take pressure off the Ecuadorian community."

Maureen Maloney, Matthew's mother, said more of a disincentive is needed for people who are arrested for driving without a license — one of the many charges facing Nicolas Dutan Guaman, who has been charged in her son's death.

She described her family as "broken" by the death of her youngest son. "I hope we get justice for Matt," she said. "[But] nothing is going to bring my son back."

Milford officials said they hoped the meeting would begin a process of communication, and encouraged the Ecuadorian officials to meet with local officials individually, to help resolve some of the pressures on the community, in areas such as housing, the court system, and public safety.

Milford Police estimate about 2,000 Ecuadorians are living in Milford, a town of about 25,000 according to the .

Dino DeBartolomeis, chairman of the Milford Selectmen, told the officials he wanted to see a followup report within a month, after they meet with officials including Police Chief Thomas O'Loughlin, Schools Superintendent Robert Tremblay, and other community representatives.

The 45-minute meeting — which came at the request of Almeida Stein — will begin a process of better communication, DeBartolomeis said.

The town, he told them, is a proud, tightknit community built on waves of immigration.

"We have a problem with illegal immigration," he said. "We have a problem with people excessively drinking. We have a problem with people driving without licenses. And we have a problem with people who are here illegally, doing illegal activities."

Prior to the meeting, a crowd estimated at 200 people stood outside Milford Town Hall, in a drenching rain, to protest illegal immigration.

The demonstrators included Maureen Laquerre, whose brother, Richard Grossi, was killed in 2009, she said, in a collision with a woman who was later deported, without serving a sentence in the U.S.

Laquerre said she didn't care if it was pouring. She held a sign, with a photograph of her brother, and a message expressing frustration over a lack of justice in his case. She came "to support [the family of Matthew Denice]. To see that the same thing doesn't happen. That this [Nicolas Dutan] Guaman be prosecuted for this."

Paul F. September 08, 2011 at 12:34 AM
I'm really torqued that we were led to believe this would be a private meeting of town officials and consulate officers, and therefore missed the meeting on this illegal immigrant issue.
Mary MacDonald (Editor) September 08, 2011 at 12:45 AM
Hi Paul, I reported that it was going to be an open meeting, but that no public comment would be taken. The selectmen did allow the family members to speak. The meeting was moved upstairs, when it became clear the larger crowd wanted to attend.
Jim Rizoli September 08, 2011 at 12:49 AM
Jim Rizoli CCFIILE.COM Paul, you didn't miss much. The Consulate pretty much said nothing to ensure that more American Citizens wouldn't be harmed by illegal aliens driving. Seems like the illegals are not going anywhere too fast. I thought the turnout was pretty decent and the meeting was a place to see like minded people. I have the video of it I will be posting soon. In the meantime I will post some pics.
Mark Cain September 08, 2011 at 01:37 AM
I agree with Jim, Great turnout. Very nice to see others fighting for what we have been fighting for for years now. Lots of these folks are newbies and are going to find out just how corrupt the folks are who want to keep illegals running in our streets, they are getting set up to be let down but at least they are being heard. Mark Cain Framingham
Captain--Tony September 08, 2011 at 02:41 AM
The people of Milford should take a collection and have the MPD subcontact an ICE agent to work for the town. That should give the MPD The ability to enforce Federal Laws. When word gets out...hopefully, they can go bother some other town in MA.
Captain--Tony September 08, 2011 at 02:42 AM
Sorry..."subcontract" an ICE agent....
Jim Rizoli September 08, 2011 at 03:52 AM
Jim Rizoli CCFIILE.COM If you don't take your town back your going to lose it....I should know I live in Framingham, a town hijacked by illegals 10 yrs ago and still counting. We haven't had the deaths like Milford but plenty of other illegal violations.
Joe Rizoli September 08, 2011 at 04:47 AM
Joe Rizoli CCFIILE.com I did a short video tribute with stills of this meeting put to music. Short, only about 2 minutes. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QWN_DiTrBmg&feature=youtube_gdata Joe Rizoli
Cappuccino September 08, 2011 at 07:08 PM
Sorry to admit it, but it starts at the top. 'Low-priority' Illegals? Obama Amnesty and Enforcement Priorities Endanger Public Safety. Follow this link: http://www.cis.org/feere/low-priority-illegals Shirley Niro
Cappuccino September 08, 2011 at 07:22 PM
Oh, I forgot about our governor defending his position on not having Secure Communities Act endorsed in Massachusetts, saying it would cause "a whole lot of folks who are worried about being targeted".
Jim Rizoli September 09, 2011 at 01:30 AM
Jim Rizoli CCFIILE.COM Here is the video I did of the meeting not the best but good enough. Meeting part 1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iVLFMVphtsU Meeting Part 2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xH4J2fMo6_A
Timothy Roesch September 09, 2011 at 11:58 AM
I was there, in the rain, standing firmly on the First Box of the four America stands firmly upon or not at all: the Soap Box Many drove by with a supportive honk and or a thumbs up and I noted two who drove by with a middle finger firmly raised or a thumb pointing down. Sadly, many drove by with barely a look or a glance. I am speaking to those and to those who think there is nothing to be done or that they can not or do not make a difference. There are four boxes: 1. Soap Box - like the one we stood upon on that rainy afternoon. 2. Voting Box - like the one you enter to vote for either a true representative or just someone to hold a place and make money doing it. 3. Jury Box - like the one where we make it clear that the law is to be respected and upheld and that we are all equal under it or 4. Cartridge Box - like the one our Founding Fathers reached into and used to load the firearm that used to defend their liberties as the last resort. Each Box speaks loudly. Let the first three speak FIRST and LOUDEST because the last one speaks through bloody teeth. Wake up, America. Wake up, Milford. Speak up now, vote, now, respect and support the law now or cry later. Do not let go of your rights. Getting them back once they have been taken from your nerveless, careless fingers will not be a peaceful process. Wake. Up.
Cappuccino September 09, 2011 at 03:11 PM
People, wake up. A car is a weapon in the wrong hands. Stop using the word "accident". I have experienced a loved one being struck by a hit and run driver and left as a piece of trash in the middle of the road. I have experienced a system that found the driver innocent of everything! It took time, but my loved one recovered, thank God. Three people died as a result of drivers in Milford in less than two years. The drivers were here illegally, driving illegally, and one dui. These people are criminals. They committed crimes, not accidents. I'm so proud of the people who showed up to support the cause, however, the unfortunate take away from the Ecuadorian officials was "put up & shut up". They have no power & they are not even encouraging the illegals to go back. They were polite, but what was the net result? "Sorry about that Milford people, but don't be upset." Obviously, they don't want their criminals back in THEIR homeland. Our officials MUST develop a backbone and challenge the "law" that our governor puts forth. If you research the actual law, you will understand that the president and the governor are BREAKING the law. I do not care about their title...no one is above the law. They should be impeached!
Jim Rizoli September 09, 2011 at 03:43 PM
Jim Rizoli CCFIILE.COM Your safety is at stake here and the powers to be are just sitting on their ..... waiting for the next murder. I call that unacceptable, but then again it's your town and I rarely drive there.
Cappuccino September 09, 2011 at 04:01 PM
We must uphold the law LOCALLY. Let the Feds & State challenge us. There is no relying on our federal and state government. Obama has claimed unprecedented powers far beyond what federal law allows. President Obama is now claiming powers far beyond what any president has before. His cohort, Gov. Patrick in in collusion with him. The Obama guidelines make clear the Administration is refusing to consider deporting anyone unless they have actually been convicted of some other (serious) crime. Congress has been short circuited. There is no point in detaining an illegal alien. An imperial presidency is one in which the executive branch usurps Congress’ role, which is the only branch with authority to make laws, and asserts power not granted to it by the Constitution. If we do not do this as a grassroots effort, we are doomed!
Jim Rizoli September 09, 2011 at 04:30 PM
Jim Rizoli CCFIILE.COM Shirley.....You can take your town back if you get a good support group to do it. I'm talking a few hundred people out there protesting and then voting the Selectmen out that are not behind you and then getting rid of the Chief of Police. These are all doable but you need the support of the community. If not then you're going to have to live with it and suffer the consequences. People don't realize that your town is YOUR town not the Federal Govt's of State. You can decide what's good for your town by electing those in office that agree with you. Right now all you have are those that want to look good but are ineffective at doing their job. Those that can't deliver should be voted out , it's as simple as that. In my town of Framingham the people that run the town are no good lazy bums, but the voters are too. So the town goes the way of the voters and my town has lost the battle. But we keep trying...LOL I will be willing to help you if you need my services. Jim 508-875-0835
Cappuccino September 09, 2011 at 04:53 PM
Thanks, Jim. I've been at this since 1970! Democracy requires eternal vigilance. I called you & left a message. Will try again later, since I'm at work right now
Jim Rizoli September 09, 2011 at 05:45 PM
Jim Rizoli CCFIILE.COM Sorry I missed your call had to get a sticker for my van....you know stickers that illegals seem to get even with a junk car...LOL Incredible they can even put their cars on the road but they do. Of Course we do have the 'Elite" illegals that drive around in 60,000 lexus's etc... Now explain that one to me.....Cash businesses that's why. Hard to believe we live in a country that the foreigners have more than us. And they laugh all the way to the bank...in this country, and back home.
Jim Rizoli September 12, 2011 at 03:48 PM
Jim Rizoli CCFIILE.COM If you think the Selectmen are going to get a handle on your illegal alien problem in the town than think again. The Selectmen are just tongue wavers, the police Chief doesn't have the guts to make life harder for the illegals and the apathy of the town is going to do you in. They stalled you for another month hoping you'd forget about it all. It appears to be working...sad to say.
Martha September 13, 2011 at 06:52 PM
I am an Irish American who is "madrina" to a little girl whose family emigrated to the U.S. illegally from Ecuador. Our Godchild was born in the U.S. 10 years ago. My husband and I had met the family when the mother was cleaning our house and decided to help them due to some physical disabilities of the children. We love them as if they were our own blood. Let me say this, all Ecuadorian immigrants! I welcome you here and understand why you had to come here! But DO NOT think you are fine drinking to excess or drunk driving! We ALL HUMANS are responsible for our behavior! No one has the right to ever, ever drink and drive! I happen to know that heavy drinking is rampant in the Ecuadorian community. It was that way in the Irish community at one time. You must stop the heaving drinking and NEVER drive if you have even had 2 small drinks! A car is a weapon if you have alcohol in your body! If I moved illegally to your country, to Ecuador, and drank and drove, how would you feel about me? You would, I hope, be disgusted with me and very angry. If you were smart, you'd arrest me and put me into jail and into mandatory drunk driving counseling for a long time. Please! Not all Americans are prejudiced. We just feel that you must behave in a RESPONSIBLE MANNER. My heart goes out so much to that family who lost their son due to an Ecuadorian immigrant who had the arrogance and lack of kindness to drink and drive. CHANGE YOURSELVES, POR FAVOR!! Martha
Cappuccino September 14, 2011 at 02:12 PM
We REALLY need to educate ourselves about the big picture. I just watched these very professional lectures. Take some time to link to these short videos. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LPjzfGChGlE http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4DFPKNdYFkE&NR=1

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