Friday, April 4, 2008

His Lordship: "Not Ready" For Prime Time


Since Amherst Select Board Chair Gerry Weiss just released this update about his anti-immigration law folly on an ABD (all but dead) website, I thought I would give it the wider circulation it deserves.

No agent, officer or employee of the Town of Amherst, in the performance of official duties, shall assist or cooperate with the Immigration and Naturalization Service of the United States in the investigation or arrest of any persons for civil or criminal violations of the immigration and nationality laws of the United States.

“I've decided to pull the article from the warrant. In my mind, it is not ready to go, and I'm not interested in using Town Meeting time fighting over a document that is not ready. This is too important to allow that to happen. I've been in touch with lawyers from ACLU as well as immigration lawyers who will help craft this into something that will be ready for Fall Town Meeting; or not at all.”

Notice he declares "I've decided". Hmmm. Last I looked it took a majority of the Select board (3 of 5) to place an article on the warrant or call for an Override. Now you know why his nickname is "His Lordship.".

And if we take up this "Welcome Aliens" legislation this Fall perhaps Mr. Weiss will put some money in the budget so we can construct a UFO landing pad on the Town Common.

6 comments:

O'Reilly said...

Some more thoughts on the issue here.

LarryK4 said...

Sagacious as always. You, my friend, need to start a blog.

maryd said...

What a great post there o'reilly.
I wonder if Mr. Weiss has had a dialog with the Chief of Police or any officers at APD regarding "feelings of being in a legal and moral bind." I think that would be the place to start if he actually cares.

Larry's right, you need to start a blog...

O'Reilly said...

thanks larry and maryd. you keep on raising the issues, i'll keep on adding my $0.02.

O'Reilly said...

Do you guys know Dr. Kate? She in the Times today with photo in an article about how mandatory health insurance in Mass. increased demand and exposed a shortage of supply. ...how does that affect plans for Universal Health Insurance in the USA?

Alisa V. Brewer said...

O'Reilly, I hope you will reconsider applying for one of these committees, really -- even superheroes must have had to go to meetings while hiding their identities:-)

http://www.amherstma.gov/caf.asp

2. Kendrick Park (appointed by Town Manager, no one turned away)

1. Facilitation of the Community Choices Committee (appointed by Select Board after BCG makes the recommendations)

merely the engagement process for a real long term financial plan...