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PA Governor Rendell: City law ‘feeds off’ hatred
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Posted on 07/21/2006 10:29:23 PM PDT by blaize27

Hazleton Mayor Louis Barletta and Gov. Ed Rendell traded barbs over a new city ordinance that cracks down on illegal immigrants, with Rendell saying during a Thursday stop in Scranton that it had been drafted by “mean-spirited” politicians who “feed off hate and divisiveness.” Barletta disagreed, saying the ordinance simply upholds the law. The only mean-spirited remarks that Barletta said he could recall were made by two members of the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Latino Affairs, who publicly called Hazleton a “Nazi city” and said that Latinos would never assimilate into American culture. The Associated Press and The (Scranton) Times-Tribune reported on Rendell’s take on the ordinance and remarks he made Thursday in Scranton while attending a gathering of young professionals. Rendell called the ordinance and similar crackdowns on illegal immigrants a “mean-spirited” work of politicians and said initiatives such as Hazleton’s are skewing the national debate over illegal immigrants. “A lot of this is being pushed by politicians who absolutely want to keep your eyes away from real stuff,” Rendell said Thursday. “They feed off that and divisiveness. The only ones I want to hear speaking up and complaining about immigration are the Native Americans who we screwed.” Barletta issued a written response to Rendell’s comments Friday. “As a former mayor of Philadelphia, Governor Rendell should understand the desire to protect the legal citizens of a city,” Barletta said in the news release. “As the governor, Mr. Rendell is aware of the current financial situation of the City of Hazleton , where it is important to make every dollar count, where every dollar should be spent on the legal residents of Hazleton.” Barletta said he wants to know how upholding a law is “mean-spirited or divisive” and said he was “very surprised” when reading remarks made by the governor. “I was surprised with the governor’s comments – especially since two members of his Governor’s (Advisory) Commission on Latino Affairs have gone on to say some pretty mean-spirited things at me and at the city with no response from the governor’s office,” Barletta said. The mayor referred to remarks made by Anna Arias, who spoke out against the IIRA during a recent Hazleton City Council meeting and called him a “monkey” during a television interview. “I would say that calling the mayor a ‘monkey’ during televised interviews, as the representative of the governor did, is also mean-spirited,” Barletta wrote. “The ordinance is not motivated out of anything other than a desire to protect the legal residents of Hazleton and make every precious taxpayer dollar go as far as it can.” A spokeswoman from the governor’s office announced shortly after Arias made the remarks that Arias was not speaking on behalf of Rendell or the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Latino Affairs. Arias issued a news release that essentially said the same. Barletta, however, said during a late Friday interview that he was surprised Rendell didn’t offer a comment of his own. “If I ever had said that same thing to her or anyone else, they would’ve asked for my resignation the next day,” Barletta said. “I think I deserve the same respect I’ve shown. That’s why I’m taken aback by the governor – who did not respond to her hateful comments.” Rendell reportedly expressed concerns about illegal immigrants, saying Thursday that he agrees with President Bush’s proposal to set up a guest-worker program that would allow aspiring immigrants to take jobs “that Americans don’t fill” as a way to help impoverished families seek a better life. “I’m upholding the laws of this country,” Barletta continued. “It’s the law. Illegal is illegal. I guess we shouldn’t uphold laws any longer – or am I missing something?” Barletta’s ordinance, which was approved by city council, makes English the official language of Hazleton and makes all documents available in English only – unless superseded by state or federal law. It also prohibits businesses found hiring illegal immigrants from operating within city limits for five years and cancels any and all contracts those businesses may have with the city. Additionally, the ordinance fines landlords $1,000 per person per day for knowingly renting to any illegal alien.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: aliens; barletta; fasteddie; fateddie; hazleton; immigrantlist; immigration; penna; pennsylvania; rendell; slickeddie
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1 posted on 07/21/2006 10:29:25 PM PDT by blaize27
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To: blaize27
"The only mean-spirited remarks that Barletta said he could recall were made by two members of the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Latino Affairs, who publicly called Hazleton a “Nazi city” and said that Latinos would never assimilate into American culture."

Nice...
2 posted on 07/21/2006 10:32:47 PM PDT by Texas_Jarhead (Doing the jobs Americans won't do? Guess you haven't seen "Dirty Jobs")
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To: blaize27
More politicians should have Hazleton Mayor Louis Barletta's backbone.
3 posted on 07/21/2006 10:33:22 PM PDT by Rabble (Just When is John F sKerry going to release his USNR military records ?)
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To: blaize27
“They feed off that and divisiveness. The only ones I want to hear speaking up and complaining about immigration are the Native Americans who we screwed.”

I'm a native American, Ed, but I don't feel at all like you screwed me...except maybe once you became Governor.

4 posted on 07/21/2006 10:33:27 PM PDT by Petronski (Living His life abundantly.)
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"Rendell said Thursday. “They feed off that and divisiveness."

And Rendell's remark isn't mean spirited? Fast Eddie has no use for laws, except when they're in tune with whatever he wants to do. Rendell has always been a SKUNK.

5 posted on 07/21/2006 10:38:12 PM PDT by Rabble (Just When is John F sKerry going to release his USNR military records ?)
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To: blaize27
.” Barletta said he wants to know how upholding a law is “mean-spirited or divisive” and said he was “very surprised” when reading remarks made by the governor."

Well, how ya goin to respond to that Eddie?

6 posted on 07/21/2006 10:44:31 PM PDT by Rabble (Just When is John F sKerry going to release his USNR military records ?)
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To: blaize27
From staff and wire reports

Hazleton Mayor Louis Barletta and Gov. Ed Rendell traded barbs over a new city ordinance that cracks down on illegal immigrants, with Rendell saying during a Thursday stop in Scranton that it had been drafted by “mean-spirited” politicians who “feed off hate and divisiveness.”

Barletta disagreed, saying the ordinance simply upholds the law. The only mean-spirited remarks that Barletta said he could recall were made by two members of the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Latino Affairs, who publicly called Hazleton a “Nazi city” and said that Latinos would never assimilate into American culture.

The Associated Press and The (Scranton) Times-Tribune reported on Rendell’s take on the ordinance and remarks he made Thursday in Scranton while attending a gathering of young professionals.

Rendell called the ordinance and similar crackdowns on illegal immigrants a “mean-spirited” work of politicians and said initiatives such as Hazleton’s are skewing the national debate over illegal immigrants. “A lot of this is being pushed by politicians who absolutely want to keep your eyes away from real stuff,” Rendell said Thursday. “They feed off that and divisiveness. The only ones I want to hear speaking up and complaining about immigration are the Native Americans who we screwed.”

Barletta issued a written response to Rendell’s comments Friday.

“As a former mayor of Philadelphia, Governor Rendell should understand the desire to protect the legal citizens of a city,” Barletta said in the news release. “As the governor, Mr. Rendell is aware of the current financial situation of the City of Hazleton , where it is important to make every dollar count, where every dollar should be spent on the legal residents of Hazleton.”

Barletta said he wants to know how upholding a law is “mean-spirited or divisive” and said he was “very surprised” when reading remarks made by the governor. “I was surprised with the governor’s comments – especially since two members of his Governor’s (Advisory) Commission on Latino Affairs have gone on to say some pretty mean-spirited things at me and at the city with no response from the governor’s office,” Barletta said.

The mayor referred to remarks made by Anna Arias, who spoke out against the IIRA during a recent Hazleton City Council meeting and called him a “monkey” during a television interview.

“I would say that calling the mayor a ‘monkey’ during televised interviews, as the representative of the governor did, is also mean-spirited,” Barletta wrote. “The ordinance is not motivated out of anything other than a desire to protect the legal residents of Hazleton and make every precious taxpayer dollar go as far as it can.”

A spokeswoman from the governor’s office announced shortly after Arias made the remarks that Arias was not speaking on behalf of Rendell or the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Latino Affairs.

Arias issued a news release that essentially said the same. Barletta, however, said during a late Friday interview that he was surprised Rendell didn’t offer a comment of his own.

“If I ever had said that same thing to her or anyone else, they would’ve asked for my resignation the next day,” Barletta said. “I think I deserve the same respect I’ve shown. That’s why I’m taken aback by the governor – who did not respond to her hateful comments.”

Rendell reportedly expressed concerns about illegal immigrants, saying Thursday that he agrees with President Bush’s proposal to set up a guest-worker program that would allow aspiring immigrants to take jobs “that Americans don’t fill” as a way to help impoverished families seek a better life.

“I’m upholding the laws of this country,” Barletta continued. “It’s the law. Illegal is illegal. I guess we shouldn’t uphold laws any longer – or am I missing something?”

Barletta’s ordinance, which was approved by city council, makes English the official language of Hazleton and makes all documents available in English only – unless superseded by state or federal law.

It also prohibits businesses found hiring illegal immigrants from operating within city limits for five years and cancels any and all contracts those businesses may have with the city.

Additionally, the ordinance fines landlords $1,000 per person per day for knowingly renting to any illegal alien.

7 posted on 07/21/2006 10:45:13 PM PDT by ncountylee (Dead terrorists smell like victory)
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To: Rabble
Go get em Lou -- We're in your corner!
8 posted on 07/21/2006 10:48:37 PM PDT by Rabble (Just When is John F sKerry going to release his USNR military records ?)
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To: blaize27

I was born in Kingston and lived in Mountain Top. Maybe the whole place has not gone to hell in a hand bag! My coal mining legal immigrant ancestors would be proud of Hazleton!!


9 posted on 07/21/2006 10:51:14 PM PDT by aliquando (A Scout is T, L, H, F, C, K, O, C, T, B, C, and R.)
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To: blaize27
Rendell saying during a Thursday stop in Scranton that it had been drafted by “mean-spirited” politicians who “feed off hate and divisiveness.”

Mean spirited... that is so 1990's. Isn't calling someone mean spirited divisive anyway?

10 posted on 07/21/2006 10:52:56 PM PDT by operation clinton cleanup
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To: blaize27
The only ones I want to hear speaking up and complaining about immigration are the Native Americans who we screwed.”

So, when's Rendell going to move out of his home and deed it over to the first Native American coming along?

11 posted on 07/21/2006 10:53:08 PM PDT by Dumpster Baby ("Hope somebody finds me before the rats do .....")
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To: blaize27

I sure hope Rendell takes the bait. This has to be a losing issue for him going into the election.


12 posted on 07/21/2006 10:54:23 PM PDT by Paleo Conservative
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To: blaize27

Guilty!

I HATE criminals.

More so, I ABSOLUTELY HATE elected public officials who pander to them.


13 posted on 07/21/2006 11:41:39 PM PDT by ApplegateRanch (ˇSi, se puede! ˇDeportacion para todos los ilegales inmediatamente!)
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To: Gondring
“mean-spirited” politicians ping.
14 posted on 07/22/2006 12:38:57 AM PDT by jan in Colorado (Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum (If you wish for peace, prepare for war.))
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To: aliquando; jan in Colorado

Hazleton really needed to take this step. I haven't spent a dime there since some bad experiences in 2002, but will now start staying there again on business, rather than driving up to Wilkes-Barre. :-)


15 posted on 07/22/2006 2:14:49 AM PDT by Gondring (If "Conservatives" now want to "conserve" our Constitution away, then I must be a Preservative!)
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To: blaize27

Fast Eddie the Rat Rendell is counting on the illegal vote to keep his fat cheesesteak-powered ass in office. That's why he vetoed the bill which would have required photo ID for voters in Pennsylvania. A Demokrat fears an honest election just like a vampire fears sunlight.


16 posted on 07/22/2006 2:31:27 AM PDT by Fresh Wind (Democrats are guilty of whatever they scream the loudest about.)
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To: Fresh Wind

I heard Barletta interviewed yesterday morning on John Gambling's radio show on WABC in NYC..very nice guy. I think that Rendell has picked the wrong dog in this fight..it may cost him the election..


17 posted on 07/22/2006 3:05:01 AM PDT by ken5050
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To: blaize27

Rendell's a nut. I still can't believe my fellow Pennsylvanians vote for this goof ball.


18 posted on 07/22/2006 3:31:25 AM PDT by Racer1
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To: Racer1
I now live in PA (a sane part of it) but I'm a native of NY/NJ metro area and I've seen some skunks. Even by those standards I've always been astounded at Rendell's political success and appalled by the man himself.
19 posted on 07/22/2006 4:45:13 AM PDT by Graymatter ("Put only Americans on guard tonight." -- George Washington)
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To: blaize27
While the GOP at every level is busy trying to solve the problem, the rat is busy trying to demagogue it into political advantage. We'll win this one because the rat will find himself sealed onto yet another losing issue.
20 posted on 07/22/2006 6:36:34 AM PDT by jmaroneps37 (John Spencer: Fighting to save America from Hillary Clinton..)
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