Pa. city poised for immigration crackdown

With tensions rising and the police department and municipal budget stretched thin, Hazleton is about to embark on one of the toughest crackdowns on illegal immigrants anywhere in the United States.

Last week the mayor of this former coal town introduced, and the City Council tentatively approved, a measure that would revoke the business licenses of companies that employ illegal immigrants; impose $1,000 fines on landlords who rent to illegal immigrants; and make English the official language of the city.

It is good to see local leaders taking action to enforce the laws. The Senate and House should be taking lessons from this guy.

Mayor Barletta said he had no choice but to act after two illegal immigrants from the Dominican Republic were charged last month with shooting and killing a 29-year-old man. Other recent incidents involving illegal immigrants have rattled this city 80 miles northwest of Philadelphia, including the arrest of a 14-year-old boy for firing a gun at a playground.

"This is crazy," the mayor said. "People are afraid to walk the streets. There's going to be law and order back in Hazleton, and I'm going to use every tool I possibly can."

The City Council, which approved the measure in a 4-1 vote, must vote on it twice more before it can become law. The next vote is scheduled for mid-July.

Full Story here

Uncooperative Blogger posted a couple weeks ago on San Bernardino Ca. proposing similar local laws.

California Conservative has more here

**This was a production of The Coalition Against Illegal Immigration (CAII). If you would like to participate, please go to the above link to learn more. Afterwards, email the coalition and let me know at what level you would like to participate.

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  1. Hey, thanks for the trackback. But where’s the link to our story?

  2. blaize27

    During the Hazleton City Council meeting on July 13th when they debated the Illegal Immigrantion Relief Act, Anna Arias stood in front of City Council to oppose the ordinance.

    Ms. Arias was asked by the Council to give a general idea where she lived and she refused. Instead she offered that she is a “commissioner appointed by three governors…”

    Council President Yanuzzi asked Ms. Arias: “Then you are here representing the governor?”

    Ms. Arias replied: “If you want to say it’s so, then I will be representing the governor, but I – I am representing the community whether you like to accept it or not.”

    She called the ordinance “discriminatory, bigoted and racist” and continued to say “If you pass this, you will go down in history as the council that made Hazleton the first Nazi city in the country.” She has stated in the past “Undocumented immigrants are not criminals.”

    Since Thursday, she has issued a statement indicating she was not speaking on behalf of Governor Rendell and charged the ordinance “attempts to split the Latino community of Hazleton into the Documented (presumed to be the law-abiding members of the Latino community) and the Undocumented (Criminal).”

    While the ordinance applies equally to all, Anna Arias has placed her race and ethnicity above the laws of the United States in support of the “undocumented.” Furthermore, while claiming the law is “racist” she directed racist slurs at the Hazleton City Council by implying they are “Nazis” and thus the remaining residents of Hazleton as well.

    Agapito Lopez also stood before City Council and stated that “immigrants needed instruction in our own language,” although English is the language of the United States. When asked how they would assimilate if they couldn’t understand or be understood, he said, “immigrants would not convert to Anglos.” Furthermore, he said defiantly, “We will acculturate, we will adapt to your rules, we will follow your laws, but we will never assimilate.”

    Unlike generations of immigrants in the past who came to America for a better life, learned English, and assimilated into American culture – all in gratitude for being allowed the privilege to come to the United States – Agapito Lopez believes Latino immigrants are to be provided services in Spanish while maintaining their Latin culture since they will “never assimilate.”

    The actions and statements of Anna Arias and Agapito Lopez clearly demonstrate the racist agenda on the part of the Latino community to the detriment of the entire Hazleton community. Their statements are hateful, divisive, and inflammatory. Additionally, each of these individuals is a member of Governor Rendell’s Advisory Commission on Latino Affairs.

    Are these the type of people that should be advising the Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania on Latino affairs? Individuals who cannot or will not acknowledge that “undocumented immigrants” have violated federal immigration laws and are thus criminals? Individuals who demand services be provided to them in Spanish when 400 years of history have Americans speaking English? Individuals who defiantly state they will “never assimilate” which flies in the face of the American tradition of the Melting Pot? And individuals who hurl accusations of “racism” while then proceeding to make racist statements themselves?

    Email, write, and call Governor Rendell’s office to insist that Anna Arias and Agapito Lopez be removed from his Advisory Commission on Latino Affairs.

    http://www.governor.state.pa.us
    Governor Edward G. Rendell’s Office
    225 Main Capitol Building
    Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17120
    (717) 787-2500

  1. 1 Coalition Against Illegal Immigration

    PA City Poised For Immigration Crackdown

    Cross posted from Morning Coffee
    With tensions rising and the police department and municipal budget stretched thin, Hazleton is about to embark on one of the toughest crackdowns on illegal immigrants anywhere in the United States.
    Last week the mayor …

  2. 2 DeMediacratic Nation

    Pa. city poised for immigration crackdown

    If locality by locality is the only way to go about getting this problem taken care of, I’m all for it. Perhaps if the cronies in Washington had to face these issues in some way other than to just say a few words we could get it resolved.

    Three ch…

  3. 3 CommonSenseAmerica » PA City Poised For Immigration Crackdown

    […] Cross posted from Morning Coffee With tensions rising and the police department and municipal budget stretched thin, Hazleton is about to embark on one of the toughest crackdowns on illegal immigrants anywhere in the United States. […]

  4. 4 Magnums Conservative Voice

    Pa. City Poised for Immigration Crackdown

    Crossposted from Morning Coffee:

    With tensions rising and the police department and municipal budget stretched thin, Hazleton is about to embark on one of the toughest crackdowns on illegal immigrants anywhere in the United States.

  5. 5 bRight & Early » CAII Roundup LI

    […] Morning Coffee — Pa. city poised for immigration crackdown (6/19) […]




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