N.H. Police Chief's Tactics Stira Storm on Immigration
A few weeks ago, one of Chamberlain's officers came upon Jorge Mora Ramirez, who was making a phone call from his car. Questioned by the officer, Ramirez, a 21-year-old who is Mexican, admitted he was in the country illegally, Chamberlain said. The chief called Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers, but they declined to send someone over to pick up Ramirez. Chamberlain applied the only state statute he could think of.
''My position was: If Mr. Ramirez was in the country illegally, he was obviously in the town of New Ipswich illegally," Chamberlain said.
Police officers around the country have told Chamberlain that they plan to follow his example. Last week, Richard E. Gendron, the police chief in Hudson, N.H., cited two undocumented men for trespassing and said he intends to keep doing it.
Hudson cites immigrant with trespassing
A Brazilian immigrant is facing criminal trespassing charges after a traffic stop early Friday morning.
It’s the fourth time in the past two months local police have used a minor state law to charge someone with being in the country illegally. The technique was first used by New Ipswich Police Chief Garrett Chamberlain who reasoned if someone is in the United States illegally, that person could be charged with trespassing.
The first man charged in New Ipswich, Jorge Ramirez, retracted his initial guilty plea after he retained a lawyer at the request of the Mexican consulate.
It looks like this might become a trend among decent police agencies. I sure wish that our local law enforcement would try this same tactic.
164.245 Criminal trespass in the second degree.
(1) A person commits the crime of criminal trespass in the second degree if the person enters or remains unlawfully in a motor vehicle or in or upon premises.
(2) Criminal trespass in the second degree is a Class C misdemeanor.
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