Monday, January 01, 2007

It’s David and Goliath Time in Hazelton

The town of Hazleton, Pennsylvania has decided enough is enough where illegal aliens are concerned. Hazleton’s social infrastructure is being systematically dismantled by the crime, health needs, housing demands, and language barriers of Hispanic illegal aliens who have descended on Hazleton in numbers large enough to put a strain on the commonweal of that community. Here's how the mayor puts it:

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 Hazleton.

Recent crimes - such as a high-profile murder, the discharge of a gun at a crowded city playground, and drug busts - have involved illegal immigrants. 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 Hazleton, where they helped create a sense of fear in the good, hardworking residents who are here legally.

Illegal aliens in our City create an economic burden that threatens our quality of life.

With a growing problem and a limited budget, I could not sit back any longer and allow this to happen.

Thus, the mayor decided to act. In July, he drafted the Illegal Immigration Relief Act, and in September, the City Council passed the measures. Essentially, his draft upholds current American law: it says that landlords may not rent to illegal aliens and businesses may not hire them. All constitutional and within the law.

But of course, there is the ACLU to contend with, not to mention the sympathetic judges who go along with its openly anti-American sentiments. We think we know what the ACLU has been, and what it is now, but we don’t really look beyond the surface of the clever name. Here’s an excerpt from a comprehensive look at the long-established philosophy of the Anti-American, Uncivil, Socialist Union:
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Today’s ACLU still espouses the ideals of socialism under the guise of liberalism. They still defend Communist propaganda [the founder was a Communist and they have a long history with that murderously mistaken idea — d.] One of the goals of the Communist agenda is to abolish all loyalty oaths. It is interesting that the ACLU celebrate the fact that they will not sign oaths promising not to support terrorism.

Whether today’s ACLU is a communist/socialist organization or not their goals most definitely align with the ideologies of socialism. Regardless of what one labels today’s ACLU there are many dangerous positions in practice that have never changed with them. Their unflinching support of abortion, euthanasia, their strange position on the Second Amendment and their open border policy are just a few examples. They consistently work to thwart the government’s efforts to protect its citizens, undermine America’s sovereignty, and defend America’s enemies. They have defended traitors funding Hamas, the PLO, and confessed Al-Qaeda operatives. All of these seem to support their founder’s goal of abolishing of the State itself.

The Pennsylvania branch of the ACLU is particularly annoyed that Senator Santorum allowed two of his staff to help Hazleton establish a web presence. Since the Senator’s main concern had been illegal immigration, their “concern” seems misplaced. Are we to infer some wrong-doing here? —

If you check out the Small Town Defenders website, you’ll be greeted by a smiling Mayor Barletta promoting his small town Illegal Immigration Relief Act. As you know, Sen. Santorum is also a supporter of anti-immigrant efforts, but who would suspect that two of his own staffers contributed to getting Mayor Barletta’s smiling display of bigotry up on our World Wide Web?

To those who support the ACLU, watching a town disintegrate is immaterial. First and foremost, all illegal aliens are welcome anywhere, any time. And if you dare go against that rule, the iron curtain of ACLU hired guns will line you up in their sights. Here’s what Hazleton is facing:

The defense fund was joined in the suit by several branches of the American Civil Liberties Union and the Community Justice Project, as well as the law firms of Cozen O’Connor, Philadelphia, George Barron and Barry Dyller, both of Wilkes-Barre, David Vaida, Allentown, and Peter Winebrake, Philadelphia.

But Hazleton is proving to be a tougher nut to crack than other municipalities who have been forced to knuckle under or face bankruptcy in the form of endless litigation. The mayor says is saying it is prepared to go to the Supreme Court if necessary.

As you well know, the ACLU — like CAIR — bullies its adversaries into submission by, among other things, bankrupting them. And as you can see from the list of attorneys above, they certainly have their fellow-travelers, just as CAIR does.

Hazleton is asking American citizens to donate to the cause. It will be a long, drawn-out battle, but the city’s life is at stake. There is a donation page, and there is also a petition page. For those who are not comfortable with donating online, there is also a snail mail address:

City of Hazleton Legal Defense Fund
c/o Mayor Lou Barletta, City Hall
40 N. Church St.
Hazleton, PA 18201

This is just the beginning of deliberate chaos on the east coast. The southwest is already being ruined. Last month an immigrant from Europe, Paula, wrote to Gates of Vienna about her experience of deserted towns in California, towns that had been given over and abandoned to illegal aliens:

The media also point to how bad Europe has it with the immigrants. They obviously don’t go to California. If they did, they’d see the same thing.

We go to California/Mexifornia several times a year. The bathrooms everywhere have become trashy and unclean. Towns are deserted. Take Watsonville: it is a ghost town now. Before mass immigration it was a normal agricultural town with the usual businesses. They are all gone now and only empty buildings are left. The streets are filled with trash. The only people you ever see are Mexican. This is the real picture you see if you pay attention.

You can fight or you can run. Hazleton is choosing to stand and turn to face those who would destroy it. But this city needs help fighting off the destroyers — both those who are here in violation of our laws and those destructive forces like the ACLU who are boring from within.

It’s time to take a stand.


Frank said...

I linked this on my blog and on 2 BBs I frequent.

Dymphna said...

Thanks...I spelled Hazleton wrong in the title, but the donation links work!

Voyager said...

You are halfway to the lunatic world of Modern England. Not only has the population increased from 60 million to 61.5 million in just nine years - in an area the size of Michigan.............but really it is all in England itself so more like the area of Louisiana.

In addition to the 500/day entering Britain from India, Pakistan. Bangladesh, Africa..............there are 486 million EU Citizens legally entitled to live on this island thanks to treaties our so-called Govt has signed.

Try some schools with 39 languages spoken............and a govt that neither cares nor funds the population explosion

Always On Watch said...

Good on this mayor and this town.

Here in Northern Virginia, no leader has the guts it takes to state publicly what these hordes of illegals are costing the taxpayers. Some schools are so fractured by different languages that no education is proceeding.

Beach Girl said...

Thank you for the link - you are quick, quick, quick. Was coming over to "link" and you had it already. Go team! The check is in the mail - literally!

James Higham said...

The illegal aliens issue is a difficult one. All Americans are immigrants, more or less so which are acceptable and which not? Clearly, that they learn the language and assimilate are the criteria. Ans what of the others?

I'm quite right wing on this. I think they should be shipped back to their country of origin.

Beach Girl said...

If one says all Americans are immigrants, more or less, please remember that goes for the so-called Native Americans as well. My family goes back to 1630 in MA and earlier than that in VA. Most of the immigrants of whom we speak when we say a "nation of immigrants" are LEGAL and have stays at Ellis Island to prove it.

So, we are not a nation of ILLEGAL immigrants. Keep in mind that the 20 - 30 million who are here illegally will soon become legal citizens with a stroke of the president's pen. I know there are all sorts of little "rules" to make legal citizens feel better but the truth is we have been betrayed and our leaders have failed in their obligations per the US constitution. Sorry, this is just not a topic I get too "emotional" about. Will try to bring more passion to the issue! :)

Thank you, Dympha, for the excellent post. I have been busy going to different bloggers and linking to your post as you have all the necessary links here. This is a fight worthy of our time, energy, and dollars.

Beach Girl said...

One more tiny point, one can't be an "immigrant" if there is no "nation" to immigrate to. One may be a settler of a new land but hardly an immigrant in what has become the sense of the word today. See Australia and its heritage as an example.

heroyalwhyness said...

It appears the smalltowndefenders site is down - hopefully it's being inundated with like minded individuals who will open their wallets. I'm glad they posted the mailing address as that is the route I will use.

GoV would receive my donation as well if I had a snail mail addy.

Cindi said...

All Americans are not immigrants!! I was born here; I am a native American. I have no other country of origin. So if you who do so would kindly stop with the 'we are a nation of immigrants', it would be greatly appreciated by me and every other native-born American as we are sick and tired of being discounted as non-entities.

Anonymous said...

Great post. Linked at my comments on the Holy Family and the significance of "Charity begins at home" (including the context of illegal immigration)...

Unknown said...

Nonsense, Beach Girl. There were dozens of nations in both the Americas and Australia when the first Europeans arrived, and some are still around.

Douglas V. Gibbs said...

An immigrant is one that comes to a nation with the dream of a better life, not the dream to tear the place down and turn it into what they came from. The aliens are not immigrants. It is a straight out invasion. Putting a link to this story on my latest post which talks about Iraqis crossing the border in San Diego.

Baron Bodissey said...

whyness -- drop us an email.

TheBitterAmerican said...

Hazelton is only about 90 minutes north of me and is very much in the news around here.

Mayor Barletta is getting a workout in the local MSM-spelled press.

heroyalwhyness said...

baron - kindly check your e-mail

The American Family Association is doing a survey on how Americans feel about Islam. It takes just a minute to fill out. I believe they are sending the results to Congress. Even if you don't agree with this group on other issues it is a chance to make your voice heard. You can acess the survey on this link:

Anonymous said...

I was reading this from the onset and felt "yes, someone is finally doing something about this problem we're having" and then BOOM, ACLU is mentioned. Why does it always seem to me that the ACLU only helps our enemies rather than helping small town America? What, honestly, would it take to shut them down? Citizen action, pray tell?

We are having the same problems in Waynesboro Virginia. You cannot go into Wal-Mart meat section. They are buzzing around the meat section like flies on a rumproast. It's getting quite ridiculous.

Dymphna said...

Steve H--

Hanging at the Walmart is one thing; what Hazleton faces is far more serious -- bankruptcy and the destruction of the social fabric by overuse of its health, education, and housing infrastructure. Not to mention a rise in crime.

Waynesboro could face that situation. What does your city council say?

What is the editorial position of the Waynesboro paper?

How many Hispanics in Waynesboro are legal?

Have you talked to any police personnel who can give you anecdotal information on changes in the pattern of crime/drug distribution?

Are sections of Waynesboro being trashed?

All of these would give you information on your town.

Nelson said...

Thanks, Dymphna. I took a slightly different approach, but I agree that people have a right to decide in what kind of community they want to live.

my post on Asymmetric

Voyager said...

Why does it always seem to me that the ACLU only helps our enemies rather than helping small town America?

because they despise you and enjoy using the law to implement their agenda because they see the Law as political and you believe it is impartial.

When your termites much through your window-frame you still see a window, they see a lot of munching ahead before you change your viewpoint

Charro99 said...

The only thing that matters is securing the bordersSSSS (remember the Vancouver jihadist who tried to blow up Seattle in 1999?) and making sure that the people who enter are supposed to enter. This is one of the few things that the federal gov't is actually supposed to do, and it is failing miserably.

If the only corrective measure taken was to secure the borders, everything would ultimately work out alright, and that's why all of our energy should be directed to that end. All other "solutions"--stopping driver licenses from being issued, "cracking down" on businesses, deporting illegals, etc.--are hugely expensive and often more damaging than doing nothing at all. We're doing doughnuts on the lawn.