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Sunday, July 16, 2006

Civil Liberties group to sue Hazelton, Pa for immigration ordinance

Hat tip to: Barking Moonbat Early Warning System

According the a Reuters news article, 'Rights Group sue Pennsylvania Town on Immigration Law', the city of Hazelton, Pennsylvania passed "one of the toughest immigration laws in the United States this week." Of course the civil liberties pundits slapped the town threats of a law suite saying that the town of Hazelton has "overstepped its authority."

The crime: Hazelton passed a measure that will deny a business permit to anyone hiring illegal immigrants. Here is an excerpt from the Hazelton ordinance:

That illegal immigration leads to higher crime rates, contributes to overcrowded classrooms and failing schools, subjects our hospitals to fiscal hardship and legal residents to substandard quality of care, contributes to other burdens on public services, increasing their cost and diminishing their availability to lawful residents, and destroys our neighborhoods and diminishes our overall quality of life. Source: ORDINANCE 2006-10, ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION RELIEF ACT ORDINANCE

The ordinance imposes a $1,000 fine on any landlord who rents to illegal immigrants. and establishes English as the city's official language .

You see folks, Hazelton has recognized that as illegal immigrants move into their area, the illegals are linked to higher crime rates, overcrowded classrooms, and impose a financial burden on hospitals and social service organizations. Although true, that type of logic is a no no for the politically correct police of the civil action liberals.

After all the brouhaha from the ACLU and rights groups regarding the ordinance, Mayor Lou Barletta issued an open letter posted on the city website:

I believe the United States of America is the greatest nation on Earth. People who are in this country have an incredible amount of opportunities and blessings. But some people have taken advantage of America’s openness and tolerance. Some come to this country and refuse to learn English, creating a language barrier for city employees. Others enter the country illegally and use government services by not paying taxes or by committing crime on our streets, further draining resources here in Hazelton.

Illegal immigration leads to higher crime rates, contributes to overcrowded classrooms and failing schools, subjects our hospitals to fiscal hardship and legal residents to substandard quality of care, and destroys our neighborhoods and diminishes our overall quality of life.

The City of Hazelton is empowered and mandated by the people of Hazelton to abate the nuisance of illegal immigration by aggressively prohibiting and punishing the acts, policies, people and businesses that aid and abet illegal aliens. That is why I proposed the Illegal Immigration Relief Act.

Part of this ordinance, if enacted, would punish companies that hire illegal immigrants by denying them permits, making it harder for them to renew permits and forcing their loss of city business.

Another part would hold landlords accountable. Because people moving into the city naturally require a place to sleep, our landlords are our first line of defense. Landlords who rent to illegal immigrants — that is, who rent to people without checking their documentation, may be fined $1,000.00 for every illegal immigrant staying on their properties.

The final part of this ordinance makes English the official language of Hazelton. All city documents will only be available in English. Those applying for a permit would have to speak English. While our emergency services will never be denied to anyone because of a language barrier, every other aspect of city business will be conducted only in English. Let me be clear, this ordinance is intended to make Hazelton one of the most difficult places in the U.S. for illegal immigrants.

This measure is not racist because it does not target one particular race. The Illegal Immigration Relief Act is intended to deter and punish any illegal immigration in the City of Hazelton. Requiring the use of English does not target any other language; it merely states that no matter what language you prefer to speak at home, English will be spoken when you conduct business with Hazelton officials.

Illegal Immigration is a drain on city resources. Every domestic incident, every traffic accident, every noise complaint, each time we send our police department, fire department or code enforcement officer to respond, it costs taxpayer dollars.
If the City of Hazelton began publishing official documents or conducting business in a second language, how would we respond when someone asks us to use a third, or fourth language?

Recent crimes – the shooting on Chestnut Street, the discharge of firearms at the Pine Street Playground, and high profile drug busts – have involved illegal immigrants.

Sadly, some of those allegedly involved in those crimes were detained by other law enforcement officials over the years, but were somehow allowed to remain in this country. They eventually migrated into Hazelton, where they helped create a sense of fear in the good, hardworking residents who are here legally.

This ordinance does not roll back the welcome mat to those who are legally in the United States. This country was built on the backs of legal immigrants. My own great grandparents came to this country seeking a better life. Rather, this ordinance seeks to stem the flow of illegal immigrants into Hazelton. They are not welcome here!

To the residents of Hazelton, I say thank you for your continued support. Hazelton is moving forward and becoming an even better place to live. To our recently arrived legal immigrants, I say welcome. I personally wish you all the best. With hard work and determination, the United States and Hazelton can be a place where your dreams come true. And to illegal immigrants and those who would hire or abet them in any way, I say your time is up. You are no longer welcome.

If you support this measure, please click this link to email us your support . You can also show your support by attending the City Council meeting on Thursday, June 15th @ 7:00 P.M. where this ordinance will be presented to Council for approval. The next council meeting where the second reading will take place is July 13th @ 7:00 P.M. Please mail your petition in before that date to show your support. You may also contact my office at 570-459-4910.

Thank you and God Bless America.
Mayor, City of Hazelton

Send Lou Barletta and the city of Hazelton a note. Let them know what you think about the ordinance. Join the City of Hazelton in solidarity during legal battles with the ACLU and civil liberties groups to regain fiscal control of their small city of 31,000.

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Internet Esquire said...

While this may not apply to you, the vast majority of people who complain about illegal immigration are xenophobes who secretly harbor anti-immigrant and anti-minority sentiments. Xenophobes tend to conflate and demonize these three groups, and it seems pretty naive for someone to argue that the Hazelton ordinance will not be used to persecute United States citizens and legal residents who happen to be Latino.

The_Bos'un said...

Internet Esquire,

First of all thank you for your response. My family is a family of immigrants and one currently holds a green card. We all arrived in the United States legally going through the natural immigration process. As far as I can tell the welcome mat for legal immigration is still and legal immigrants are welcome.

Perhaps you should take a tour of the emergency room of hospitals in cities across the United States. Take a look at the amount of uncollectible bills for medical services. There appears to be a correlation between strained social services and questionable migration. I know that is not the only cause, but does appear to put a burden on the tax base. The population of City of Hazelton is about 31,000. They cannot absorb many illegals before one sees a strain on services for the legal population. It is a matter of economics.

As far as Hazelton using this law to discriminate against legals, I am not sure that I follow your line of thought. You mentioned that I am naive, but, I beg to differ.

Rosemary said...

Give me a break to the article, and give me a break to your first commenter.

Whoever you are, we do not dislike anyone. We just want our sovereignty respected. Will some folks abuse this? Yes. But not as many as they would on the other side of the border! So don't go spreading that bs here.

The_Bos'un said...

You can have all the breaks you want. You have wisdom, intelligence, and are in the class with Michelle Malkin.

R/ Bosun