Allentown Pa to become next battle in Immigration debate

Allentown councilman plans to push for vote on immigration issue.

Allentown City Councilman Louis J. Hershman has revised his proposed illegal immigration law and plans to force the matter before council by collecting signatures from residents.

Under his new bill, city officials would be required to assist in the enforcement of federal immigration laws.

The police department would designate two officers to investigate and detain illegal immigrants. The department would also confirm the identities of people in police custody.

City officials would also verify residences of people when legal status is required by law, contract, and eligibility rules for a benefit, service or license.

Hershman’s original bill, which was never formally introduced because it didn’t receive a second from another councilman, would have penalized companies for hiring illegal immigrants and landlords for renting to them.

”I wasn’t looking for this to go to the courts,” Hershman said Monday at the last meeting of his ad hoc committee on illegal immigration. ”…This will satisfy everyone.”

Hershman said he will use a city provision that allows an issue to go on City Council’s agenda if 35 registered Allentown voters sign a petition asking for it. He hopes to get his bill on the agenda for the mid-October meeting.

Then, Hershman said, he and fellow Councilman David Bausch will sign the ordinance, which will force a vote on it.

If the council votes against his bill, Hershman said he would try to get it on the ballot as a referendum. Labor unions would pitch in and work toward getting the needed signatures, he said.

This sounds all well and good, but the open borders crowd is active as well. This time it is the The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of the Lehigh Valley that is not just challenging the proposed ordinance, but attempting to put forth an ordinance of their own which would essentially make Allentown a Sanctuary city for Illegal Immigrants.

It is absolutely pathetic that any local ordinance would actually seek to prevent law enforcement from enforcing the laws…

Here is contact info for the City of Allentown Just in case anyone wants to make their voice heard on this issue.

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

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  1. contessa

    Word has it that Enrique Morones (the dual
    citizen who also works for the Mexican government ) and is a rabid, Reconquista type from CA,
    has met with people in Allentown, PA to encourage the
    sanctuary city ordinance. Apparently, that’s the
    new tactic of La Raza, MALDEF, etc. to find
    cities across the U.S. that will declare themselves
    sanctuary cities. Any elected official who
    participates in this is displaying a total
    dereliction of duty to his/her law-abidind
    citizens and legal residents. Please call/fax/write councilman Hershman, the Mayor and every
    council member and tell them to put the safety
    helath and welfare of its law-abiding citizens
    first and foremost.

  2. Kevin

    Illegal immigrants leaving Peensylvania should head to the Connecticut cities of Danbury,Waterbury and Hartford. More of them are moving there.

  3. Kevin;

    Thank you for your comment, but since the illegals are leaving Pennsylvania why should they go to Connecticut? Why not go beack to the country they came from?

    Thanks again

    Darrell

  4. Marisol

    City Councilman Louis J. Hershman is doing his job! As a Latina living in this city I want this issue addressed and dealt with, most of all controlled. I am not alone in this matter, most Latin American Pennsylvanians are fed up with the illegal immigrant invasion and destruction of our city.

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