Mayor of Hazelton, Pa. Enacts Immigra...

Mayor of Hazelton, Pa. Enacts Immigration Reforms

There are 115 comments on the KYW-AM Philadelphia story from Jun 25, 2006, titled Mayor of Hazelton, Pa. Enacts Immigration Reforms. In it, KYW-AM Philadelphia reports that:

The Mayor of Hazleton, Pennsylvania is making national headlines by making his small city a lightning rod in the debate over illegal immigration.

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Vince Suzadail Jr

Stroudsburg, PA

#1 Jun 25, 2006
Congratulations Mayor Barletta. If you run for Governor, I'll vote for you. If you run for president, I'll campaign for you. It is about time. It's the language my granparents were proud to learn in order to live and "work" here. It was the only language they would speak in front of their grandchildren. Never heard of SSI. My first government check came 3 monthes after I enlisted. WOW! What a concept. I earned it.
Rachel Dewberry

United States

#2 Jul 13, 2006
Mayor
were your ancestors immigrants ? your laws smack of racism -- or are only "whites welcome in your town --
you are a bigot and probably Italian -- Did you ancestors come from Italy -- and did they speak English when they first arrived
the welcome mat is out for the KKK but no one else come there
Jimmy C Orlando FL

United States

#3 Jul 13, 2006
Well good for the true patriots in PA & their mayor. It's not racism it's assimilation into our culture. We (AMERICANS) don't want to have our culture thrown out for those who are unwilling to assimilate into our (AMERICAN) culture. Yes, that means learning to speak english and become a legal citizen, etc. In Orlando the Latino community in large numbers is racist towards whites and non spanish speaking people. The latinos fly their flags not the American flag, etc. I live in America & I have no desire to live in Puerto Rico or Mexico, etc. Trust me, if you are latino you wont turn white if you appreciate the red white and blue nor will speaking english hurt either...... you'll still all be just as cool I'm sure of that.
Mary Alcott - Clark NJ

Red Bank, NJ

#4 Jul 14, 2006
Congratulations for being the rare politician who is willing to stand up for what he believes, rather than what is in vogue. I truly didn't know any existed anymore.
VIVA MEXICO

Chicago, IL

#5 Jul 14, 2006
VIVA MEXICO
J Derflinger

Dahlonega, GA

#6 Jul 14, 2006
Congratulation to a Mayor and a City Government who knows the differance between an immigrant and an illegal alien. Stay the course. This has nothing at all to do with race. It is about our being a nation of laws.
Helena Starke

Redmond, WA

#7 Jul 14, 2006
FINALLY, someone is standing up for the citizens of this country. I didn't think there was a politician who had a backbone anymore. Mayor Barletta you are a breath of fresh air, please keep up the good work. We as Americans know that racism has nothing to do with not wanting this invasion of illegal aliens. No politician should be allowed to trade this country's future for enough votes to stay in office. It's a slap in the face to all who were born here or came here legally. What's the problem with not breaking the laws of our great country? Americans have done so for many years. Thank you.
RH ALEX VA

AOL

#8 Jul 15, 2006
What part of ILLEGAL do you MORONS don't understand?
No one has a problem with the people WHO DO WHATS RIGHT AND LEGAL.
I DO NOT WANT STINKING BUMS HERE IN THE US who's first act is BREAKING the LAW!!!!!!!!!!
RH ALEX VA

AOL

#9 Jul 15, 2006
Rachel Dewberry wrote:
Mayor
were your ancestors immigrants ? your laws smack of racism -- or are only "whites welcome in your town --
you are a bigot and probably Italian -- Did you ancestors come from Italy -- and did they speak English when they first arrived
the welcome mat is out for the KKK but no one else come there
WHAT PART OF ILLGAL DO YOU NOT UNDERSTAND MORON
Resident of Hazleton

Bloomsburg, PA

#10 Jul 15, 2006

It's about time Mayor Barletta did something about this issue. These illegals can drive without licenses and insurance and get away with it. The don't follow traffic laws or any laws in general.
They think that they own the city. They are a drain on our healthcare system, welfare system, and our schools. They blast there Latino music so that you can hear it in your own house and then they won't do do anything about it. It's time there was something done in this city. We want our city back the way it was!
American Veteran

United States

#11 Jul 19, 2006
Mayor Barletta is a true American who understands the laws of this country and why they exist. We have defended our country against invasion before and we must defend it again against the invading army of illegals. We must not let our American way and freedom be forever changed by letting the gaining majority of illegals put there choice in political offices.

Mayor Barletta is a national hero and we need many more to stand up to save our country! Illegals should be arrested and deported.
michael schlappi

West Linn, OR

#12 Jul 19, 2006
Rachel Dewberry wrote:
Mayor
were your ancestors immigrants ? your laws smack of racism -- or are only "whites welcome in your town --
you are a bigot and probably Italian -- Did you ancestors come from Italy -- and did they speak English when they first arrived
the welcome mat is out for the KKK but no one else come there

I think your ignorant rachel this is about illegal people it does not matter the color or race. and this should be an english speaking country yes people may need to learn but do it now not in 20 years
michael schlappi

West Linn, OR

#13 Jul 19, 2006
I know not everyone speaks english right away but they need to make an effort to learn. they dont have to give up customs and such but if they miss it so bad go back home, it is a new land therefore they need to learn new things. Rachel why dont you try to immigrate to china or some where else that has no tolerance for other lifestyles I applaud the mayor for his stand it will spread across the nation in a wave and that will show that the people want it
Mary-Elyria Ohio

Birmingham, AL

#14 Jul 19, 2006
I too applaud Hazelton's Mayor. What a TRUE American! The illegal aliens are overrunning our country, and as we all know now, DEMANDING the same rights as those of us who were born here or came here LEGALLY.

I have always personally and verbally welcomed newcomers...as long as they come here legally. It's the American dream. America!! The ONLY country EVERYONE wants to go to and NO ONE wants to leave. Unfortunately for the illegals, you have really HONKED OFF Americans with your marches and your demands.

We do thank you for your little march because it really woke us up to what is happening to our beloved country. How DARE you fly the Mexcican flag ABOVE the American one, which was upside down? Do you think that could have a little something to do with the fact that most of our anger seems to be directed at ILLEGAL CRIMINAL ALIEN Hispanics? The ONLY flag flying in America should be the American one.

If anyone here wants to know what the illegal people think of us, go to www.wehategringos.com and look for the link to www.weareracists.com . Now there's a real eye opener for you! Go to www.immigrationwatchdog.com and see the video clip (link is on the right side)of the immigrant encampment...it's unbelieveable that THIS is what's invading our precious country. I especially want those posters defending the illegals to go to that site. This could be coming to YOUR neighborhood soon. All you pro-illegals...get patriotic, or get out!

You illegal aliens are criminals and have NO right to 'demand' anything. We, on the other hand are DEMANDING that you LEAVE. I don't care what color your skin is...if you're here ILLEGALLY...GET OUT!

Legal Americans know we have to obey our country's laws or pay the piper. What would make anyone think it should be any easier on people who sneak over our borders like the snakes they are?

I'm so mad about this. I am middle aged and I have never been so mad about any issue in this country in my entire life as I am about this one.

I will personally donate all the money I can to help this town fight the ACLU...by the way, isn't the first word in that "American"? Why are they wasting money defending CRIMINAL ILLEGALS? Why don't they defend the rights of AMERICANS or change their name to the Mexican Civil Liberties Union?

Mayor Barletta, I think you should email those 8,000 people who emailed you to congratulate you on your stance to take back your town, and ask them each for a $10 donation to help with legal fees. I'm sure you wouldn't have any problem getting us to help. I already emailed and offered all the financial assistance I can afford, and I was dead serious.

Hold your ground, Mayor Barletta. Americans are counting on you, and people like you and the good citizens of Hazelton. My hat is off to you!!
steve

Malibu, CA

#15 Jul 20, 2006
Rachel Dewberry wrote:
Mayor
were your ancestors immigrants ? your laws smack of racism -- or are only "whites welcome in your town --
you are a bigot and probably Italian -- Did you ancestors come from Italy -- and did they speak English when they first arrived
the welcome mat is out for the KKK but no one else come there
The immigrant laws are to protect we the people that mean every one of we the people. Bush is not above the the law. Some in government will go to prison for obstruction of justice. Go to your dictionary and look up racisum and obstruction of justice.The united states grovernment is obstruction of justice thay are not up holding the laws. The laws will be in put in to place.
Kristie

Irvine, CA

#16 Jul 20, 2006
On Lou Dobbs and my local news channel they were showing that in a couple of political races they found illegal immigrants have been voting. Our voting procedures are bogus and we need to hold our states accountable. Due to illegal immigration our vote no longer counts, our identities are being stolen, our community resources are being used up, jobs are being taken, the list is long and goes on and on. When is everyone going to wake up and hold this government accountable. More and more communities need to get as wise as Hazelton. Or how about taking the border patrol off the border and open the flood gates and get it over with.
Born in USA

United States

#17 Jul 20, 2006
Rachel Dewberry wrote:
Mayor
were your ancestors immigrants ? your laws smack of racism -- or are only "whites welcome in your town --
you are a bigot and probably Italian -- Did you ancestors come from Italy -- and did they speak English when they first arrived
the welcome mat is out for the KKK but no one else come there
Here we go again trying to play the race card. My ancestors were Italian (By the way, your remark smacks of racism which is why your probably yapping about it) but anyway they came here LEARNED ENGLISH,WERE HUMBLE, DIDN'T DEMAND ANYTHING, RESPECTED OUR LAWS AND OUR FLAG, DIDN'T COLLECT WELFARE ILLEGALLY,DIDN'T STEAL SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBERS. I could go on & on. This mayor didn't say anything about ones race, he said ILLEGAL why don't you ignorant people understand the difference?
Rexx

Cressona, PA

#18 Jul 30, 2006
flat out, you wanna come to this country, learn the language.
isn't it enough that these people come here & steal jobs, pay little or NO taxes, treat honest decent hard working american citizens like scum? they call us stupid & say we are arrogent because we will not learn their language. I SHOULDN'T HAVE TOO!! I was born here, you come to this country for a better life, hey I'm all for the American Dream...just learn to ask for it in English & all will be good.
Born in USA

United States

#19 Jul 31, 2006
Rachel Dewberry wrote:
Mayor
were your ancestors immigrants ? your laws smack of racism -- or are only "whites welcome in your town --
you are a bigot and probably Italian -- Did you ancestors come from Italy -- and did they speak English when they first arrived
the welcome mat is out for the KKK but no one else come there
Rachel you are the height of ignorance. You should be ashamed to even write in this forum!
This is about ILLEGAL vs. LEGAL and you just don't want to see that! You want to play the race card to divide people and keep them from seeing what the real topic is. How low and dispicable is that! Did my ancestors (who were from Italy) try and change American customs,did they disrespect the American Flag,Did they sneak into this country! NO NO NO so stop your stupid ramblings already!
Janelle Lester

United States

#20 Aug 16, 2006
Mayor,, if you need money to defend the laws your city passed, just post it on Lou Dobbs or on the net somewhere.I, for one will send you some money, and I think you will be awash in money. Middle america is sick and tired of the liberal, bleeding hearts turning our country into a third world country... You have the support of 90% of the people in Oklahoma,,,,,Never Never give in,,,It is crucial to our survival,
Sincerely,
Janelle lester
Oklahoma

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