CHELSEA, Mass.—State officials are holding a Boston-area meeting with immigrant advocates to discuss a federal program that checks the immigration status of people who are arrested.The meeting on the "Secure Communities" program is planned Thursday night in Chelsea. Gov. Deval Patrick asked state officials to hold meetings on the program after facing criticism from the advocates over his plans to join the federal program. The Immigration and Customs Enforcement program allows fingerprints of those arrested to be checked against FBI criminal history records and biometrics-based immigration records kept by the Department of Homeland Security. Tea party members who support the federal program have said they'd also attend the Chelsea meeting.
Great news for those of you who love shopping at the Chelsea Market Basket for their low prices but hate feeling like you've walked into the Guatemalan Consulate. The aisles should soon be emptier and more civilized once this program gets under way.
Me and the GF head over there every now and then when we don't feel like paying Stop & Shop's price gouging fees, but we avoid it as much as possible. It's like a gigantic bodega on the weekend. Just entire extended families out for a fun day at the supermarket. No rules, people just running mad, cutting eachother off and yelling in tongues. Children playing in the aisles like they're playing stickball back in the alleys of their native countries. It's amazing I've made it out of there without an assault charge on my record at this point.
So count this as probably the one time I'll ever be on the Tea Party's side. If they can clean up Market Basket and make it a more pleasant place to shop, they'll have my support.