US: Towns at Vermont-Quebec Border Installing Security Gates
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Border authorities say the five-foot-tall steel gates
across two residential streets are necessary to stem
smuggling of and crossings by illegal immigrants.
LINE, Vt. (AP) — For decades, Derby Line, Vt., and Stanstead, Quebec, have functioned as one community.
They share a sewer system, emergency services, snowplowing duties and the border-straddling Haskell Free Library and Opera House, where a skinny black line across the hardwood floor of the reading room marks the international border.
But work began on Thursday to erect a pair of five-foot-tall steel gates across two previously unguarded residential streets — a project that will divide the towns physically but has united them in displeasure.
Border authorities say the gates are necessary to stem crossings by illegal immigrants. Residents say there is enough security as it is, with surveillance cameras and patrols by United States Customs and Border Protection.
“I’ve always considered Derby and Stanstead like brother and sister,” said Mary O’Donnell, 57, of Stanstead, walking into the library on Friday. “We’ve always been on friendly terms. Now, suddenly, 9/11 hits and everybody in the U.S. freaks out. So we’re now going to get some really ugly things at the end of the streets that I don’t think is going to serve much of a purpose.”
International Womens’ Day 2009 commemorates immigrant women!
For immediate release: February 28, 2009
Contacts: Susan Dorazio, Rally Coordinator, 306/390-4280 in Port Townsend
Lois Danks, Stop the Checkpoints, 360/452-7534 in Port Angeles
International Women’s Day Rally and March to be held in Sequim
The Stop the Checkpoints committee of the North Olympic Peninsula has announced an International Women’s Day rally and march to be held on Saturday, March 7, in Sequim. The rally begins at 1:30 pm at the intersection of Washington Street and Sequim Avenue, followed by a march at 2:30 pm. The focus of the event is the link between women’s rights, immigrant rights, civil liberties, border militarization, and the current economic crisis.
“International Women’s Day has been celebrated around the world for nearly 100 years to demand female equality in the home, at the workplace, and in the community,” says rally organizer Susan Dorazio of Port Townsend. “This year, it’s important to acknowledge the growing pressures on women, especially immigrant women, due to increased job insecurity and social service cutbacks, compounded by the climate of fear that border militarization has created. On March 7, we will be honoring women’s
strength and resourcefulness under very difficult circumstances.”
“Immigrant families are being torn apart,” says Dorazio, “and women are leading the fight to keep families together and to defend civil liberties in the face of intensified Border Patrol harassment and detentions.”
Event endorsers include: ACLU of Washington, Clallam County Green Party, Code Pink-Washington, Community to Community-Bellingham, Freedom Socialist Party-WA, Olympic Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship, Port Townsend Peace Movement, Radical Women – Port Angeles & Seattle Chapters, and Socialist Party Women’s Commission.
For more information, to endorse, or for carpools, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call
360/390-4280 in Port Townsend, 360/452-7534 in Port Angeles, or 206/722-6057 in Seattle.
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The boys are bragging about their new technology! Check it out:
From the article from the AP, some of the rationale used to justify this military buildup:
“Someone who could fly a plane full of narcotics in could also fly a plane full of terrorists in, could also fly a plane full of explosive’ in,” Boyd said
And any plane carrying border patrol agents . . .