Saturday, June 24, 2006

OK, Maybe I Won't Move To Winston-Salem
Hazleton, PA instead?

Last week the mayor of this former coal town introduced, and the City Council tentatively approved, a measure that would revoke the business licenses of companies that employ illegal immigrants; impose $1,000 fines on landlords who rent to illegal immigrants; and make English the official language of the city.

"Illegal immigrants are destroying the city," said Mayor Lou Barletta, a Republican. "I don't want them here, period."

City officials do not know how many of the new arrivals are in the United States illegally, but say they are fueling the drug trade, joining gangs and committing other crimes.

Municipal officials around the nation, frustrated at what they perceive as the federal government's inability to stem illegal immigration, have increasingly taken matters into their own hands.

In San Bernardino, Calif., voters will decide whether to adopt a measure nearly identical to the one in Hazleton. An Idaho county filed a racketeering lawsuit against agricultural companies accused of hiring illegal immigrants. In New Hampshire, a pair of police chiefs began arresting illegal immigrants for trespassing.

Some Hispanics approve of the measure, saying they are fed up with crime and graffiti. "If I was mayor, I wouldn't let anyone in who had a criminal record," said Rafael Rovira, 69, a naturalized American citizen from the Dominican Republic.

Jose Lechuga, 42, came to the United States illegally in 1982, received amnesty in 1986 and now operates a grocery store and restaurant in Hazleton. He said the mayor is "confusing illegal people with criminals."

Unfortunately, Jose is living proof why we need English as the official language... obviously Jose doesn't understand the basics of such. Hey Jose. I hate to tell you this, but people who engage in 'illegal' activities, are by definition, 'criminals'.


Blogger St. Jimbob of the Apokalypse said...

It's the same thought process that FR. Walter Cuenin wants us to NOT confuse homosexuals with sinners.

9:31 AM  
Blogger Vir Speluncae Catholicus said...

Are you seriously equating the homosexual inclination with that of actually breaking the criminal laws of this country?

Some on the other side of the Mexican border may have an inclination to crash the border... but don't. No crime committed.

However, there are those that have an inclination to crash the border... and do. Crime committed.

10:25 AM  
Blogger DigiHairshirt said...

I got your message on my blog, Caveman. I posted my reply to you there and I'll post it here.

Now put aside your dislike of Mahoney and brown, and answer my question - do you believe that parishioners who volunteer to work in ministries that involve children (managing and training altar servers, children's liturgy, RCIA) require fingerprints and background checks?

And if your answer is yes, tell me what ministries YOU do with children presently and whether anyone has checked up on you. Because you are just as suspect as Lupe from Zacatecas who helps out with her kids' Confirmation class, right?

12:08 PM  
Blogger DigiHairshirt said...

Ooops, sorry, wrong story. See above.

12:09 PM  
Blogger St. Jimbob of the Apokalypse said...

That's what I'm getting at, Cavey. Fr. Cuenin, like Jose, is willing to give transgressors the ultimate pass by declaring their activity as not sinful.

7:07 PM  
Blogger Vir Speluncae Catholicus said...

Mea Culpa, Jimbob!!! My mistake. I beg your forgivness!

7:39 PM  
Blogger Internet Esquire said...

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

3:41 AM  
Blogger Vir Speluncae Catholicus said...

You're right. This doesn't apply to me. My Grandfather was Antonio Diaz Peresz, and my Grandmother was Estella Pangalenan Perez.

And I still say that illegals need to get the hell out.

It also seems pretty naive that the majority of those against ILLEGALS are somehow bigots. Have you ever considered that they simply are in gavor of enforcing the law?

Just a thought

5:35 AM  

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