Is this Judge reading into our Constitution then misconstruing it, while voiding immigration law and assisting in aiding and abetting in violation of the law? Local media naturally missed the topic, the fight is not over but their funded by sponsors of Corporations. This may be a small town but it represents all of America, PA may be the perfect setting for this battle ground, their enriched with a strong historical past. Support Hazelton any way you can.
Vic Walczak, legal director of the ACLU of Pennsylvania "We are grateful the court recognized that municipal laws like those in Hazleton are unconstitutional. The trial record showed that these ordinances are based on propaganda and deception,"
Hazeltons ordinance over turned by Judge Munley. Hazelton needs plenty of support, the illegal support groups are heavily funded and we mean heavily. There appears to be no balancing factors anymore, and it now seems anyone from another country entering illegally is being provided with first hand carte Blanche and plenty of excuses for breaking the laws. We have become a lawless society, flexing and bending to special interest groups with powerful Corporate lobbyist's and massive Endowment granted monies, who care not about the law. Money influence and buying of America.
Hispanic immigrants began settling in the area in large numbers several years ago, drawn from New York, Philadelphia and other cities by cheap housing, low crime and the availability of work in nearby factories and farms. It then turned into a climbing increase in the city's population and an increase in crime.As a result, Barletta introduced the ordinance, which was passed on July 13, 2006, by a city council vote of 4 to 1.
The law states 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."
But before the legislation could take effect, the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund and the American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit against the city, charging that the measure would " infringe the constitutional rights of all Hazletonians who look or sound like 'foreigners,' not just those who are here in the United States 'illegally, now we have to ask, are there not already laws on the books for this type of real discrimination for actual citizens already? This angle is so far fetched but of no real surprise coming from the two above agencies mentioned.
Last August, a federal judge in the nearby city of Scranton issued a temporary order preventing the ordinance from being enforced. That decision was effectively confirmed on Thursday.
Hazleton's law has been copied by dozens of municipalities whose officials believe the federal government hasn't done enough to stop illegal immigration.
Nevertheless, Barletta promised to push ahead on the matter. "I'm not ready to lose," he said. "We're not only fighting for Hazleton. We are fighting for cities across the country."