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Sunday, September 10, 2006

Making it difficult for illegal immigrants


Marlborough residents who want a permit to the local dump or a business license may be required to show proof of citizenship first, if the City Council president gets his way.

Arthur Vigeant has proposed requiring any resident who wants a city permit to show their social security card.

Vigeant is adamant that many immigrants in the city are not paying income taxes -- even with fake social security cards. He said he wants government and businesses to crack down.

"I have concerns that we have thousands of people in the city that are undocumented or illlegal or whatever you want to call them, and that needs to be addressed," he said. "The federal and state government has not addressed it so we need to do it locally."

The full City Council has yet to debate the idea.

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--Megan Woolhouse

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