Immigration News from Around the Nation

First some good news:  

In Pennsylvania

Hazleton strengthens illegal immigration law

Officials in the Pennsylvania town of Hazleton on Friday strengthened a local law designed to drive illegal immigrants away in a bid to defend the measure against legal challenges. Hazleton City Council passed a new version of the Illegal Immigration Relief Act, an ordinance first passed in July that was already one of the toughest anti-illegal immigrant laws in the country. It has since been copied by other cities where illegal immigration is blamed for rising crime and overburdened social services.The new law, approved by a vote of 4-1, increases pressure on local employers to avoid hiring illegal immigrants and raises fines for landlords who rent rooms to them.Legal employees can now sue their employers for any work lost as a result of a business license being revoked because a company was found to have hired illegal immigrants.The new law would also revoke a business license within three days of a violation being discovered. The previous statute would only have canceled a license at the time of renewal. Landlords will have to pay $250 a day for every illegal alien they are accommodating.“This law is tougher in many ways,” said Hazleton Mayor Lou Barletta who led the campaign for the ordinance. He says the quality of life in the town of 31,000 has fallen because of an influx of illegal immigrants, mostly from Central America.The new law is designed mainly to withstand legal challenges that Barletta said could go all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.The assault on the city of Hazelton’s attempt to address the problems caused by illegal immigration is being led by the ACLU so we know the opposition has deep pockets, unfortunately much of it taxpayer dollars. The site also has links to related news stories, The Act itself, and an Online petition to show your support for the City of Hazelton in its effort address this critical issue.  Click below if you would like to help.

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In L.A.

LULAC Shamnesty Ralley gets low turnout.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Few people turned out Saturday for a rally demanding amnesty for 11 million illegal immigrants, the latest sign of pro-immigrant groups’ struggles to regain momentum after hundreds of thousands marched for the cause in the spring.

Local bands played rock music, vendors offered chicken tacos and dozens of activists set up information booths in a downtown field. But only about 350 people showed up, and many were organizers and journalists.

Organizers expected 5,000 for a rally inwhich the central issue is the legal status of over 11 million people living and working in this country illegaly. Groups advocating amnesty for those in the country illegally are trying to spin the issue into one of national security. They somehow feel that providing citizenship to those whose very first act on American soil was to break the law will some how make us a nation more secure.

In Arizona

Not all the news is good news however. A Maricopa County Superior Court Judge ruled against allowing Proposition 405 on Phoenix’s Nov. 7 ballot.

Immigrant issue pulled from ballot

Phoenix residents won’t be voting on a controversial measure that aims to reform the city’s immigration enforcement laws. At least not in November.Judge Janet Barton of Maricopa County Superior Court on Friday yanked Proposition 405 from Phoenix’s Nov. 7 ballot after she ruled that a city charter provision that granted proposition backers extra time to get the needed signatures conflicted with state law.As a result, the immigration initiative came up more than 600 signatures short of qualifying for the ballot.Latino community leaders applauded the judge’s decision, but proponents of the measure say they will appeal that decision to the Arizona Supreme Court next week.“We’re very elated,” said Danny Ortega, one of the attorneys behind the lawsuit. “It’s a victory for the Latino community.”The proposal would require police officers to act as Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents and enforce federal immigration laws. It would also require Phoenix to enter an agreement with the Department of Homeland Security and “designate officers” to act as federal immigration agents.The measure ended up in court after a coalition of mostly Latino groups joined forces to stop the measure. Three Phoenix residents then filed a lawsuit on Aug. 25 alleging, in part, that a city charter provision violates state law by allowing an extra 10 days for proponents of a measure to turn in additional signatures if they come up short on their first try.Barton agreed, and it was that decision that rendered invalid the second batch of 892 valid signatures filed in support of the measure. Randy Pullen, leading a group called Protect Our City, had fallen short 684 valid signatures when he first filed.Even though Phoenix voters approved the “second chance” signatures in early 1970s, city laws can’t conflict with state laws, the judge decided. The state gives residents only one shot to gather enough petition signatures.“The judge was wrong,” Pullen said. “We followed the city’s rules, and we turned in enough signatures.”

City Attorney Gary Verberg said the appeal is important to Phoenix because the Supreme Court’s ruling will provide the city direction for future elections on whether the provision is legal.

For Pullen and his group, it will determine whether the measure ends up on a March ballot.

The current policy for Phoenix police officers who encounter undocumented immigrants instructs them not to arrest a person if the person’s only violation is of a federal immigration law.

That policy also states that police should not notify immigration officials when an undocumented person is a victim of or witness to a crime, has committed only a minor traffic offense or is seeking medical treatment.


**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 Brian know at what level you would like to participate.** 

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