March 19, 2008, - 1:56 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
Recently, I told you about how more than half the illegal aliens rounded up in a raid on a New Bedford, Massachusetts factory were not only still here, but that many were still working . . . illegally.
Well, there’s even more to the story. The man who bailed many of them out of detention is an open borders multi-millionaire, Bob Hildreth. This man–unappreciative of the laws and law enforcement of the country that gave him so much–is now the ultimate enabler for illegal aliens.
Talk about a spoiled boomer. This 57-year-old liberal former history teacher takes the cake:
One frigid March morning last year, federal agents raided a factory in this old whaling town, arresting hundreds of illegal immigrants as they sewed vests and backpacks for U.S. soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Most were shackled and sent to a detention center in Texas, where they faced rapid deportation unless they could post thousands of dollars in bail — money they didn’t have — to buy time to mount a defense.
Then, a mystery benefactor appeared. The anonymous donor ponied up more than $200,000 to spring 40 people from detention.
The payments, which until now haven’t become public despite extensive news coverage of the raid itself, came from Bob Hildreth, a Boston financier who made his millions trading Latin American debt. He was “infuriated” at the televised images of workers being shipped to Texas, he says. Helping them make bail is “payback.” [DS: Take note, ICE agents: A lefty multi-millionaire is at war with you. And he's giving you "payback" because you enforced the law.]
The raid broke families apart,” says the diminutive 57-year-old, who once taught high-school history. “This was extremely un-American.” [DS: Yup, enforcing the law and our borders is now "un-American."] . . .
The factory raid has been a hot topic around New Bedford, where prominent local talk-radio host Ken Pittman has taken a strong stance against illegal immigration. Upon hearing of Mr. Hildreth’s payments, Mr. Pittman said: “I would ask him to show the same compassion for American workers displaced by these illegal aliens.”
A spokeswoman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the federal agency that staged the raid, declined to say whether it knew who posted the bail. She said any person is free to post bond for anyone. [DS: Well, of course, ICE won't condemn this guy. Julie L. Myers a/k/a "The ICE Princess" already praised the fact that his freed illegal aliens are tying up Immigration Court with their phony asylum claims.]
Mr. Hildreth is a multimillionaire who built his fortune trading in Latin American bonds during the 1980s debt crisis that gripped the region. “I love making money,” says Mr. Hildreth, who recently traded in his 20-year-old Volvo for an orange Mini Cooper.
He also professes a lifelong love affair with Latin America. As an economist with the International Monetary Fund, he lived in Bolivia in the 1980s. Later, after returning to the U.S., he began trading in Latin American loans at Wall Street giants including Drexel Burnham Lambert Inc. He now runs his own small firm, International Bank Services, which buys and sells corporate debt.
The descendant of Irish immigrants and of Puritans who settled in Boston in 1632, he twice tried his hand teaching, following in the footsteps of his parents, both of whom were teachers. Both times, however, he returned to finance.
A key moment, he says, was a verbal spat with a student over abuse of bathroom-pass privileges. [DS: Hmmm . . . he's a Nazi with high school bathroom passes, but our borders and American jobs, not so much. Glad he's got the right priorities.] . . .
Instead, he decided to use his money to improve education for immigrants. Over the past two decades, he says, he has given several million dollars to fund literacy and citizenship classes in Lynn, Mass., to build a preschool in an immigrant-heavy Boston neighborhood, and to set up an endowed chair in Latin American studies at the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University. . . .
Images of shackled prisoners stumbling as they boarded a plane for Texas are what spurred Mr. Hildreth to call Greater Boston Legal Services, a nonprofit group coordinating a legal response to the raid. “I told them to contact me if they had some bonds that needed to be paid,” he recalls. [DS: Let's hope he doesn't see any pics of serial murderers in shackles.] . . .
Mr. Hildreth agreed to help individuals post bail if they or their families would also put up a significant chunk of money. The legal-aid group, GBLS, would email Mr. Hildreth with individual requests. He would then wire the money back to the lawyers.
Last May 3, for example, GBLS attorney John Willshire-Carrera sent Mr. Hildreth an email that read: “Bob, we have two more for tomorrow, if possible….Bond set at 5,000, family is paying 2,500. Bond set at 7,500, family is paying 2,000.”
The following morning, Mr. Hildreth emailed his response: “8k sent.”
If you’re one of the many unemployed, down-and-out American citizens, particularly in New Bedford, Mass., don’t expect Bob Hildreth to help you out.
Unless you’re an illegal alien lawbreaker and job-and-benefits stealer, the answer is “No Mas.”
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