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Sunday, July 9, 2006

Milford's immigrants


State Representative Marie Parente, a Democrat from Milford, says it's time to "get tough" on illegal immigrants.

Parente was quoted today in an article in the San Francisco Chronicle that looked at Milford as a good example of "the changing face of immigration and its divisive effect in the mostly liberal state of Massachusetts."

Ali Noorani, director of the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition, told the Chronicle that the state is in the middle of a demographic transition.

Noorani says immigrants make up 17 percent of the state's workforce and there's "a monumental disconnect between the reality of immigration and the politics of immigration."

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