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Hispanics flee Pa. town as first-of-its-kind law targeting illegal immigrants goes into effect
On Wednesday, a tough, first-of-its-kind law targeting illegal immigrants goes into effect in this small hillside city in northeastern Pennsylvania. But the evidence suggests many Hispanics _ illegal or otherwise _ have already left.
That, in turn, has hobbled the city's Hispanic business district, where some shops have closed and others are struggling to stay open.
Hispanics began settling in large numbers in Hazleton several years ago, lured from New York, Philadelphia and other cities by cheap housing, low crime and the availability of work in nearby factories and farms. The city, situated 80 miles from Philadelphia, estimates its population has increased from 23,000 to 31,000 over the past six years, with Hispanics now representing 30 percent of the population.
Barletta said yesterday that Hazleton's residents are ``prepared to take the fight to the highest court in the United States if we have to," and have arranged a legal defense fund to defray the city's legal costs. Even if the ordinance fails the legal challenge, Barletta said, it will still have been worth it, because illegal immigrants are leaving.
``It's been incredible. We have literally seen people loading up mattresses and furniture and leaving the city en masse," he said. ``That was our goal, to have a city of legal immigrants who are all paying taxes. It's already been effective."
Munley, however, wrote that the city "offers only vague generalizations about the crime allegedly caused by illegal immigrants, but has nothing concrete to back up these claims."
Originally posted by TrueAmerican
Issue legislation at the national level that permits local cities and towns to vote on their own illegal immigrant laws!
Originally posted by TrueAmerican
I am suggesting that as a solution to the problem. It works. That is what Hazelton just proved.
Originally posted by Astronomer70
I believe ultimately Hazeltown's city ordinance (that the judge placed an injunction against) will be found to be in violation of one or more parts of the constitution and be struck down permanently. What the mayor and city council are attempting to do is laudable in many ways but reprehensible in others. The attorney for the defendants is right on in his arguments against the ordinance.
NEW IPSWICH, N.H. -- W. Garrett Chamberlain, chief of police in this bucolic town near the Massachusetts border, was tired of having to release the undocumented immigrants his officers had picked up on routine stops, so he decided to do something about it: He would cite them for trespassing.
A few weeks ago, one of Chamberlain's officers came upon Jorge Mora Ramirez, who was making a phone call from his car. Questioned by the officer, Ramirez, a 21-year-old who is Mexican, admitted he was in the country illegally, Chamberlain said. The chief called Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers, but they declined to send someone over to pick up Ramirez. Chamberlain applied the only state statute he could think of.
''My position was: If Mr. Ramirez was in the country illegally, he was obviously in the town of New Ipswich illegally," Chamberlain said.
Originally posted by jsobecky
Guess what ICE said? A local police chielf has no authority to determine if someone is in the country illegally!