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Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Gadfly Rizoli plans display of provocative poster

FRAMINGHAM

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Jim Rizoli, a controversial Framingham critic of illegal immigration, is planning to display a provocative sign in highly visible locations around town to spotlight what he says is the rampant distribution of phony identification cards among immigrants.

The 8-by-3-foot sign, which he first displayed at a small protest in downtown Framingham Saturday, says, "Welcome to Framingham" along the top. Under that, it reads "Document Fraud Capital of MetroWest" on the right. On the left, it displays an image of a mock "Mexifornia" driver's license that has circulated on the Internet, touching off controversy along the way.

Ali Noorani, executive director of the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition, said the sign matches a pattern of over-the-top tactics used by Jim Rizoli and his brother Joe Rizoli.

"If I had a nickel for every line the Rizolis crossed, I'd be a rich man," Noorani said.

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