It’s noteworthy when a family that has suffered the loss of a loved one puts its pain aside and fights the evil that caused the death.
In Milford, Massachusetts, 23-year-old Matthew Denice (pictured) was killed when a drunk driving illegal alien smashed into his motorcycle and dragged the young man for a quarter mile as bystanders banged on the side of the perp’s truck trying to make him stop.
The driver, Ecuadoran Nikolas Guaman, is a career criminal with a long rap sheet. including assaulting a cop, who has been protected by Massachusetts’ sanctuary policy and its ardent defender, Gov. Deval Patrick. The Governor has fought against the common sense provisions of the federal Secure Communities policy because he apparently cares more about foreign lawbreakers than public safety for innocent Americans.
As Mike Maloney, Matthew’s stepfather, remarked last month, “If Guaman was deported some time ago, this would never have happened.”
On Wednesday, the family of Matthew Denice is leading a protest against illegal immigration in front of the Ecuadoran Embassy. See also the Justice for Matt Facebook page for more details.
Anti-illegal immigration protest tomorrow in Milford, Milford Daily News, September 6, 2011
The family of Matthew Denice is organizing a peaceful anti-illegal immigration demonstration outside Town Hall tomorrow before representatives of the Ecuadorean consulate are expected to meet with the Board of Selectmen.
The demonstration is scheduled to start at 5 p.m., an hour before Beatriz Stein, Ecuador’s consul general in Boston, and Pablo Calle, who is involved in Ecuadorean immigration to the United States, plan to meet with town leaders at Town Hall.
“We want to let the consulate representatives know illegal immigrants are not welcome in (Milford) and as a community we’re going to stand by that,” said Michael Denice, Matthew’s brother. “We want to send a message to the Ecuadorean consulate as well as illegal immigrants.”
Matthew Denice, 23, was killed Aug. 20 when police said Nicolas Guaman, an illegal immigrant from Ecuador, was driving drunk and hit Denice’s motorcycle.
Michael Denice encouraged participants to bring signs, banners and American flags to the demonstration. Information about the event spread through Facebook and about 100 people have indicated through the social networking website that they plan to attend, Denice said.
“We want to emphasize that this is going to be a peaceful demonstration,” he said.
Denice said he thinks the consulate representatives are coming to Milford to try and smooth tensions between Ecuadoreans and the community rather than resolve illegal immigration issues.
Stein said she asked for the meeting to open discussion in the community about Ecuadorean issues.
“We ask that the immigrant community respect the law and American society,” she said.
Stein planned to set up meetings with Ecuadoreans living in Milford after listening to town leaders tomorrow, she said.
“I respect everyone’s opinion and I will listen,” Stein said.
Selectmen plan to discuss illegal immigration, excessive drinking and unlicensed driving issues, board Chairman Dino DeBartolomeis said.
“We want to hear from them and what they are willing to do regarding this situation in town,” he said.
The meeting is intended to be a working session between selectmen and the Ecuadorean officials, not a time for residents to voice their views on immigration, selectmen DeBartolomeis said.
“If it’s a peaceful protest, that’s part of being an American,” he said.
Police Chief Thomas O’Loughlin said he is aware of the protest and was planning to look at Facebook to gauge the potential crowd size and take any action needed to ensure people can safely exercise their First Amendment right.
O’Loughlin said he has been in contact with family members, who have been “very open and very upfront” about last month’s candlelight vigil and tonight’s demonstration.
The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. in the Town Hall, 52 Main St.