Monday, June 19, 2006

Real criminals?

Pennsylvania Mayor Pushes Measure to Crack Down on Illegal Immigrants

HAZLETON, Pa. — With tensions rising and the police department and municipal budget stretched thin, Hazleton is about to embark on one of the toughest crackdowns on illegal immigrants anywhere in the United States.

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.


Sounds great to me. But its the last paragraph that just boggles the mind:

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."


Obviously giving him amnesty sent the wrong message as he now thinks being her illegally is not criminal. Perhaps Jose needs to polish up his use of the English language.

1 comment:

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.