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  • McCain shakes off GOP's anti-immigration right [cold shoulder to Barletta of Hazleton]

    09/22/2008 3:15:43 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 113 replies · 500+ views
    The Boston Globe - Political Intelligence ^ | 2008-09-22 | Sasha Issenberg
    SCRANTON, Pa. -- During the Republican primaries, John McCain delicately balanced his record of pushing for immigration reform with satisfying his party's new appetite for harsher restrictions. Now in a general election against an opponent who broadly shares his views on the issue, McCain is showing greater ease asserting his distance from the anti-immigration right.
  • Poll: 12-term incumbent Kanjorski trails Barletta 44% to 35% (Scranton Times)

    09/17/2008 9:10:38 PM PDT · by Night Conservative · 8 replies · 195+ views
    Lou Barletta for Congress ^ | September 17, 2008
    Republican congressional candidate Lou Barletta has opened a substantial lead over U.S. Rep. Paul E. Kanjorski in their battle to represent Scranton, Wilkes-Barre, Hazleton and other local municipalities in Congress, according to a Franklin & Marshall College/Times-Shamrock Newspapers poll. In a survey of 547 registered voters, Mr. Barletta had the support of 44 percent to 35 percent for Mr. Kanjorski, a Democrat, in their 11th Congressional District race. Another 21 percent were undecided. The poll is the clearest independent confirmation that Mr. Kanjorski’s re-election is seriously at risk in a year most political experts expect Democrats to do most of...
  • Democrats Pairing Barletta with Bush

    09/01/2008 6:22:17 PM PDT · by Born Conservative · 6 replies · 159+ views
    Citizens Voice (Wilkes-Barre PA) ^ | 9/1/08 | BORYS KRAWCZENIUK
    Lou Barletta is George Bush. In a nutshell, portraying the Republican Hazleton mayor as the local version of President Bush is the main Democratic strategy so far in the 11th Congressional District race between Barletta and U.S. Rep. Paul E. Kanjorski, the incumbent Democrat. And this isn’t the only place where Democrats are betting on the wildly unpopular Republican president to lead them to victory. As the Republican National Convention gets under way, Democrats all over the country are doing their best to play up ties between the president and Republican congressional candidates, especially incumbents, in hopes of increasing Democratic...
  • Kanjorski in trouble, report says (Dem may lose 12 term House seat)

    07/30/2008 10:15:35 AM PDT · by Born Conservative · 18 replies · 130+ views
    Times Leader (Wilkes-Barre PA) ^ | 7/30/2008 | BILL O ’ BOYLE
    Paul Kanjorski’s re-election campaign could be in trouble, according to a Washington, D.C., political handicapper. The non-partisan Rothenberg Political Report has changed its analysis of the 11th Congressional District race between Kanjorski and Republican challenger Lou Barletta to “Toss-up/Tilt Democratic.” The contest previously was described as leaning Democratic. Kanjorski, a 12-term Democrat from Nanticoke, is airing early ads to “try to boost his standing,” according to the latest Rothenberg report. Barletta, the Hazleton mayor, challenged Kanjorski in 2002. Kanjorski won by 22,000 votes in the heavily Democratic district. A Republican has not held the seat since Jim Nelligan rode Ronald...
  • Lou Barletta live on Freedom Radio

    07/20/2008 10:54:20 AM PDT · by HonestConservative · 13 replies · 177+ views
    Blog Talk Radio ^ | July 20, 2008 | Honest Conservative
    Honest Conservative welcomes our distinguished guest Mayor Lou Barletta, the Republican candidate for the House of Representatives from Pennsylvania. His Honor has been a campion of citizens rights to a secure environment and fair government. We will discuss his campaign, its progress and the changing environment as it relates to illegal immigration, energy exploration and the failure of the democrat leaders to do their duty to protect the people they are sworn to protect. The importance of electing dyed in the wool conservatives to the House can not be overstated!
  • Democrats Launch First '08 Congressional Attack Ad (Kanjorski vs "Mayor Lou" Barletta)

    07/16/2008 10:24:39 AM PDT · by Born Conservative · 4 replies · 88+ views
    ABC News ^ | 7/14/08
    ABC News’ Karen Travers Reports: The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has purchased ad time in Pennsylvania’s 11th Congressional District targeting Hazleton Mayor Lou Barletta, the Republican challenger who is looking to unseat Democratic Rep. Paul Kanjorski. This is the first ad of the general election cycle from the DCCC, which has already reserved advertising time in 31 congressional districts at the cost of about $35-million. Those ad buys are scheduled to begin airing on television between early September and early October and run through Election Day. The DCCC ad in Pennsylvania ties Barletta to President George W. Bush, stating that...
  • Kanjorski pushes ‘dump the pump’

    06/17/2008 6:15:31 AM PDT · by Born Conservative · 46 replies · 689+ views
    Times Leader ^ | 6/17/08 | Steve Mocarsky
    WILKES-BARRE – U.S. Rep. Paul Kanjorski on Monday blasted members of OPEC and the U.S. petroleum industry and asked the public to “dump the pump” and refrain from pumping gas and driving on Thursday unless absolutely necessary. Kanjorski said that by cutting down the consumption of petroleum products by a few percentage points, Americans would send a message that “we’re aware of the fact that we’re being taken advantage of, and that this $135-a-barrel oil and $4-plus gasoline has to cease.” Joined by Luzerne County Transportation Authority Director Stan Strelish at a press conference on Public Square, Kanjorski promoted public...
  • Mayor Lou Barletta joins Freepers HonestConservative and eeevil conservative LIVE on Freedom Radio

    05/24/2008 10:23:07 PM PDT · by HonestConservative · 18 replies · 124+ views
    Blog Talk Radio ^ | May 25, 2008 | HonestConservative
    Join Honest and eeevil as we speak tonight at 8 pm est, with the Honorable Lou Barletta of Hazelton, Pa., now running for U.S. House of Representatives. See . Listen as Mayor Barletta fills us in on his perspective on the latest attempts to shove Amnesty on the unwilling citizens of the U.S. Hear the Mayor's live response to the incredible admissions his opponent made relative to Demrat plans and the War. Go to and you will see a list of links related to tonights show. Our borders are still open folks! WE will also be talking to...
  • America's Favorite Mayor Lou Barletta! (Live Interview)

    05/17/2008 7:46:24 AM PDT · by eeevil conservative · 19 replies · 127+ views
    Folks, join us on Freedom Radio and welcome to Blog Talk Radio, Mayor Lou Barletta of Hazelton, PA, now running for the US House of Representatives in PA. We need folks like Lou Barletta folks: "We need him on that wall, we want him on that wall" Drop everything Sunday night and help us make history! 8 pm est. Sunday May 18, 2008 ____________________________________________ The way to breath life into the conservative movement is to rebuild it from the bottom up, To that end visit: http;// and donate to a man of courage. Donate if you are so lead....
  • Barletta: Kanjorski energy bill can’t work

    04/30/2008 9:05:14 AM PDT · by Born Conservative · 5 replies · 117+ views
    Times Leader (Wilkes-Barre PA) ^ | 4/30/2008 | Bill O'Boyle
    Republican congressional challenger Lou Barletta took exception Tuesday to his opponent’s motives in announcing his proposal to tax windfall profits of oil companies. Republican congressional challenger Lou Barletta took exception Tuesday to his opponent’s motives in announcing his proposal to tax windfall profits of oil companies. Barletta says it’s a meaningless move and won’t lower gas prices. He also wonders why U.S. Rep. Paul Kanjorski – a 23-year incumbent – couldn’t muster any co-sponsors for House Resolution 5800. “On Monday, U.S. Rep. Paul Kanjorski touted a bill he readily admits will do nothing to reduce the price of gasoline for...
  • McCain rejects Barletta invite

    03/20/2008 2:31:58 PM PDT · by radar101 · 30 replies · 715+ views
    Citizens Voice ^ | 03/20/2008 | BORYS KRAWCZENIUK
    Arizona Sen. John McCain, who blamed illegal immigration Monday for Republican losses in major congressional races, has rejected Hazleton Mayor Lou Barletta’s invitation to discuss the issue. “Sen. McCain truly appreciates your invitation and the valuable opportunity it represents,” Jo Black, a scheduling official in the presumptive Republican nominee’s presidential campaign, wrote in a letter to Barletta’s congressional campaign Wednesday. The letter cited “tremendous demands” on McCain’s time and a “large volume of similar requests.” Efforts to reach McCain’s campaign were unsuccessful. Last week, Barletta invited McCain and the Democratic presidential candidates, Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, to come...
  • McCain snubs Barletta

    03/19/2008 10:02:08 AM PDT · by Born Conservative · 79 replies · 1,214+ views
    Citizen's Voice (Wilkes-Barre, PA) ^ | 3/19/08 | Borys Krawczeniuk
    Arizona Sen. John McCain has rejected Hazleton Mayor Lou Barletta's invitation to come to the southern Luzerne County city and discuss illegal immigration. "Senator McCain truly appreciates your invitation and the valuable opportunity it represents," a scheduling official, Jo Black, in the presumptive Republican nominee's presidential campaign wrote in a letter. Barletta's congressional campaign released the letter today. "Unfortunately, I must pass along his regrets as I do not foresee an opportunity to add this event to the calendar." Black said McCain has "tremendous demands on his time" and because of "the large volume of similar requests, events such as...
  • Kanjorski says he’s sorry if remarks appeared to offend (comparison to David Duke)

    03/03/2008 10:52:40 AM PST · by Born Conservative · 10 replies · 216+ views
    Times Leader (Wilkes-Barre PA) ^ | 3/1/08 | Times Leader Staff
    The U.S. representative says he is committed to immigration reform as well. U.S. Rep. Paul E. Kanjorski, D-Nanticoke, sent a letter to political opponent Lou Barletta on Friday and said he meant no offense to his Republican challenger and is sorry if it appeared that way. Kanjorski wrote: “Over the next eight months, we will be talking to the press and to the people of Northeastern Pennsylvania about issues that we passionately care about. Inevitably, there will be occasions in which we misspeak or our words are misconstrued. “One such occasion occurred this week when I spoke to a reporter...
  • Area political fans get ready for real feast (Barletta, Mayor of Hazleton)

    02/11/2008 8:05:05 AM PST · by Born Conservative · 1 replies · 222+ views
    Times Leader ^ | 2/11/08 | Richard Connor
    AFTER A CAREER as a newspaperman in a number of different states and cities I’ve become accustomed to readers’ telling me their town is different than others. Keep that in mind as you edit our newspaper, they say, because “we really are different here.” Most often than not they aren’t and neither is the town where they reside. Not different, that is. But, there is nothing wrong with being parochial and proud of where a person lives. Feeling special and unique, even if it is just one person in a population of tens of thousands, carries its own sense of...
  • Anti-illegal immigration Hazleton mayor (Barletta) running for Congress (PA-11)

    02/07/2008 5:32:18 PM PST · by LdSentinal · 24 replies · 78+ views ^ | 2/8/08 | By MICHAEL RUBINKAM
    Mayor Lou Barletta, whose local crackdown on illegal immigration made him a national hero among those seeking tighter borders, said Thursday he will try to parlay that celebrity into a seat in Congress. Barletta announced that he will seek the Republican nomination to challenge 12-term Democratic Rep. Paul Kanjorski. He lost to Kanjorski by more than 13 percentage points in 2002, but the mayor's illegal-immigration stance has raised his profile significantly since then. "I've done as much as I can fighting illegal immigration as the mayor of a city," he told The Associated Press. "I need to take this fight...
  • SMALL TOWN DEFENDERS - Hazelton, PA taking on the illegal aliens

    12/27/2007 5:25:28 PM PST · by doug from upland · 32 replies · 309+ views
    small town defenders dot com ^ | 12-27-07 | city of Hazelton
    NOTE: there are now 100 cities across the country proposing laws similar to Hazelton. I’m Lou Barletta, the proud Mayor of the City of Hazleton, Pennsylvania. I believe the United States of America is the greatest nation on Earth. People who are in this country have an incredible amount of opportunities and blessings. But some people have taken advantage of America’s openness and tolerance. Some come to this country and refuse to learn English, creating a language barrier for city employees. Others enter the country illegally and use government services by not paying taxes or by committing crime on our...
  • Barletta victorious by huge margin

    11/07/2007 2:06:56 PM PST · by chicagolady · 10 replies · 86+ views
    Times Leader ^ | November 7, 2007 | Steve Mocarsky
    Republican captures third straight term, knocking off Libertarian John Medashefski. HAZLETON – Mayor Lou Barletta creamed his opponent, John Medashefski, by a 9-to-1 margin on Tuesday, according to unofficial election results. Not surprisingly, the 51-year-old Republican won his third consecutive term by a landslide, given that Barletta captured both the GOP nomination and the Democratic nod as well in the May primary with a last-minute write-in campaign. Medashefski, a 52-year-old coffee shop owner and artist, ran on the Libertarian ticket in a terribly under-funded campaign with no TV advertising. “Myself, as a newcomer, I guess expected what I got. But...
  • Mayor who targeted illegal immigrants easily wins third term

    11/07/2007 1:52:18 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 20 replies · 86+ views
    WHPTV ^ | 11/7/2007
    HAZLETON, Pa. - Hazleton Mayor Lou Barletta easily won re-election Tuesday to a third term, and in his victory party he talked about fighting drugs and violence in the city. He also talked about the issue of illegal immigrants. He said, "We've seen what illegal immigration has done to our small town quality of life and we have said, 'No! We will not let this happen."' He said, "We will fight!" Barletta, a Republican, gained national prominence by targeting illegal immigrants living in his Luzerne County city. Yesterday, he defeated Libertarian candidate John Medashefski, a coffee shop owner who had...
  • Mayor Lou Barletta of Hazleton at immigration firestorm’s center

    10/17/2007 7:42:14 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 19 replies · 81+ views
    Reading Eagle ^ | 10/17/2007 | Mary E. Young
    Barletta, who spoke in Berks County Tuesday, backs laws penalizing landlords and businesses that exploit illegal immigrants. Senior citizens in Hazleton are afraid to sit on their front porches for fear they will become crime victims. Parents, including those who speak Spanish, refuse to allow their children to visit playgrounds for fear the youngsters will be approached by drug dealers or recruited into gangs. Those conditions were described by Hazleton Mayor Lou Barletta, who said they have caused him to be labeled a racist and led him into a legal quagmire over illegal immigration. Barletta said he actually is just...
  • Mayor, known for immigrant stand, may run for Congress

    08/11/2007 9:41:14 PM PDT · by TornadoAlley3 · 11 replies · 570+ views ^ | 08/12/07 | Milan Simonich
    Popular with voters in Hazleton, Louis Barletta eyes campaign against Democratic Congressman: Hazleton, Pa., Mayor Louis Barletta, whose visibility is unusually high because of his campaign against undocumented workers and their families says he will decide by January whether to run for Congress in 2008. "I'm giving it serious consideration," said Mr. Barletta, a Republican. "I like being mayor, but everybody knows I've been disappointed by Washington's inaction on immigration reform."
  • When illegal migrants flood a city (Hazleton, PA)

    07/31/2007 7:30:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies · 1,004+ views
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | July 31, 2007 | Clay Bennett
    A telling irony shines through last week's ruling by a federal judge that found only Congress can set immigration law. The judge knew full well that half the plaintiffs in the case were in the US illegally. But he let them challenge a city ordinance on immigration anyway – and anonymously. And so it's been in America for too long: Turn a blind eye to the massive lawbreaking of an estimated 12 million illegal immigrants. Imagine if a scofflaw wanted by the FBI had sued a city for enacting a criminal law tougher than a federal law. Would that person...
  • Republicans seek Hazleton mayor for higher office

    07/30/2007 8:51:02 PM PDT · by LdSentinal · 10 replies · 369+ views
    WASHINGTON - National Republicans continue to court the mayor of Hazleton, the city where a much-copied anti-illegal immigration law was struck down last week by a federal judge. Rep. Tom Cole, the chairman of National Republican Congressional Committee, told reporters on Monday that he recently had dinner with Mayor Lou Barletta and is hopeful he'll run for a seat in the U.S. House. If Barletta runs, it would be one of the party's top priority House races, Cole said during a conference call. "I think he would be a tremendous candidate," said Cole. "I think he's got a couple unique...
  • Interview with Mayor Barletta of Hazleton, Pennsylvania

    07/28/2007 5:57:18 PM PDT · by AmericaOne · 44 replies · 1,157+ views
    The Glenn Beck Show ^ | July 27, 2007 | Glenn Beck Program
    Interview with Mayor Barletta of Hazleton, Pennsylvania JULY 27, 2007 GLENN BECK PROGRAM BEGIN TRANSCRIPT GLENN: With talent on loan from Johnny Sutton. Hello, you sick twisted freak. Welcome to the program. I'm glad you're here. My name is Glenn Beck. Saw a disturbing story today from Hazleton, Pennsylvania. U.S. judge last night struck down as unconstitutional a local law designed to crack down on illegal immigration, dealing a blow to similar laws passed by dozens of towns and cities across the country. This is from U.S. District Judge James Munley. He says the City of Hazleton, 100 miles north...
  • Barletta: Ruling expected tomorrow on illegal immigration ordinance

    07/25/2007 6:06:23 PM PDT · by Graymatter · 10 replies · 484+ views ^ | 07/25/2007 | Wade Malcolm, Staff Writer
    Hazleton Mayor Lou Barletta is cutting a family vacation short and planning a press conference in anticipation that a federal judge will issue a ruling on Hazleton's illegal immigration ordinance tomorrow afternoon, the mayor said.Hazleton has been at the heart of a national debate ever since July 2006 when it passed an ordinance punishing landlords and employers for doing business with illegal immigrants. A separate ordinance makes English the official language. Hundreds of municipalities around the country - and at least two dozen in Northeastern Pennsylvania - passed or considered copycat laws. The American Civil Liberties Union and several other...
  • BOTH SIDES CONFIDENT OF VICTORY (Hazelton Decision Today)

    07/26/2007 9:04:28 AM PDT · by Kimberly GG · 9 replies · 652+ views
    Standard Speaker ^ | 7/26/07 | L.A. TARONE
    So, what happens after the decision comes down? With U.S. District Judge James Munley expected to issue a decision in the suit against Hazleton’s Illegal Immigration Relief Act today, the city is making plans – for both the long and short terms. The immediate short-term plans are to discuss the decision, whatever it may be. While the plaintiffs will discuss the decision at the federal courthouse in Scranton, Mayor Lou Barletta will hold a press conference at City Hall about 4 p.m. He said he wanted to react to the decision here rather than in Scranton so the national media...
  • Crime and Punishment at the AP [About Illegal Immigrants]

    07/07/2007 8:57:27 AM PDT · by Congressman Billybob · 37 replies · 1,422+ views
    Special to FreeRepublic ^ | 7 July 2007 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    Sometimes a small story can tell much more than it intends to. A story sent out by the Associated Press on Friday, 6 June, is apparently about crime and punishment in Hazleton, Pennsylvania. It is actually about journalistic crime and punishment at the AP. The title, as printed online by the Philadelphia Daily News, is, “Hazleton mayor loses key argument for illegal immigrant crackdown.” This title is the exact opposite of the truth. Why that is so, is the real story here. To provide the back story, Hazleton is one of the first towns to pass ordinances which restrict the...
  • Hazleton mayor loses key argument for illegal immigrant crackdown(key witness deported !!!!)

    07/06/2007 4:47:11 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 11 replies · 530+ views
    AP ^ | 07/06/07 | MICHAEL RUBINKAM
    The mayor of Hazleton has long cited the May 2006 shooting death of a 29-year-old city man as the impetus for his widely emulated crackdown on illegal immigrants. But on Friday, prosecutors dropped homicide charges against the two illegal immigrants accused of shooting Derek Kichline , depriving Mayor Lou Barletta of one of his key arguments for kicking illegal immigrants out of Hazleton. Luzerne County prosecutors said they abandoned the case against Joan Romero and Pedro Cabrera because key witnesses were either unavailable or unreliable, not because they were convinced of Romero's and Cabrera's innocence. ---snip--- He said the district...
  • Testy exchange over illegals (Scranton PA counter demos)

    06/16/2007 7:00:57 AM PDT · by Travis McGee · 38 replies · 1,310+ views ^ | June 16, 2007 | STEVE MOCARSKY
    SCRANTON – The crowd attending an immigration reform rally Friday outside the federal building wasn’t quite as large as the crowd that attended a similar rally nearly two weeks earlier at Hazleton City Hall. But it was just as enthusiastic. There were, however, quite a bit more people at the rally at the William J. Nealon Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse who were sympathetic to illegal immigrants. And tension between the two factions grew thick during one of the final speeches of the evening. Rally organizer Frank Scavo said the rally was a result of a promise he made during...
  • Barletta’s fight is their fight (Hazleton Illegal Immigration Rally)

    06/04/2007 5:45:13 AM PDT · by Born Conservative · 17 replies · 1,159+ views
    Times Leader ^ | 6/4/07 | STEVE MOCARSKY
    HAZLETON – Hundreds of people packed Church Street in front of City Hall on Sunday afternoon at a rally to support Mayor Lou Barletta, the city’s illegal immigration ordinance and national immigration reform. Organized by members of the Voice of the People movement, the 2 p.m. rally included speeches from a dozen local and nationally recognized supporters of immigration reform, as well as musical entertainment by the political rock band Poker Face. Local entertainer Tony Angelo got the crowd psyched up for the event, singing patriotic songs such as Lee Greenwood’s “Proud to be an American” starting at 1:30 p.m.,...
  • Big News on the Immigration Front From... Pennsylvania!

    05/31/2007 6:16:05 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 38 replies · 1,317+ views
    Red State ^ | May 16, 2007
    That's right, from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. And I would suggest that my senator, Jon Kyl, check this article before he continues his sell-out to Teddy Kennedy. The subject of the story is the mayor of Hazelton, PA who got a local ordinance passed that would penalize landlords who rent to illegal immigrants and businesses that hire them. By MICHAEL RUBINKAM - Associated Press Writer ALLENTOWN, Pa. -- Hazleton Mayor Lou Barletta, who gained national prominence by targeting illegal immigrants living in his small northeastern Pennsylvania city, cruised to the Republican nomination for a third term on Tuesday - and...
  • Write on: Barletta knocks Marsicano off ballot

    05/16/2007 9:06:34 PM PDT · by this_ol_patriot · 9 replies · 903+ views
    Hazelton Standard-Speaker ^ | Wednesday, 16 May 2007 | By L.A. TARONE
    Lou Barletta won a third term as mayor of Hazleton by thumping all comers in an historic election Tuesday. Barletta hammered Republican challenger Dee Deakos 1,343 votes to 80 in what appears to be the biggest landslide in city history. By percentage, Barletta got 94.4 percent of the vote, while Deakos got 5.6 percent.The shocker was Barletta’s winning the Democratic nomination through his write-in campaign. He beat Mike Marsicano by a near 2-1 margin, 1,211 votes to 699, according to unofficial results. Again by percentage, Barletta got 63.4 percent of the vote to Marsicano’s 36.6 percent.
  • Pa. mayor who targeted illegals on way to third term

    05/16/2007 6:14:41 AM PDT · by philsfan24 · 40 replies · 908+ views
    AP via ^ | 5/16/2007 | MICHAEL RUBINKAM
    ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Hazleton Mayor Lou Barletta, who gained national prominence by targeting illegal immigrants living in his small northeastern Pennsylvania city, cruised to the Republican nomination for a third term on Tuesday — and unexpectedly won the Democratic nomination, too. Barletta trounced GOP challenger Dee Deakos with nearly 94 percent of the vote. And he beat former Mayor Michael Marsicano for the Democratic nomination by staging a last-minute write-in campaign, all but guaranteeing himself another term, unofficial returns showed. "I think the message is clear," Barletta said. "The people of Hazleton want me to keep fighting for them."...

    03/16/2007 5:06:50 PM PDT · by cradle of freedom · 18 replies · 696+ views
    The town of Hazleton, PA is getting low on money for its defense fund against the ACLU. Please support Hazleton in its brave fight against illegal immigration. Send them whatever you can afford at the Hazleton, PA website.
  • Hazleton law’s legal test begins

    03/13/2007 7:00:24 PM PDT · by Born Conservative · 4 replies · 413+ views
    Times Leader ^ | 3/13/2007 | STEVE MOCARSKY
    SCRANTON (PA) – The plaintiffs in the Illegal Immigration Relief Act trial that began Monday claimed a partial victory after a lawyer for the city of Hazleton announced council would remove language the plaintiffs consider discriminatory. During opening arguments, attorney Kris W. Kobach said city council would vote Thursday to delete the words “solely or primarily” from a section of the Relief Act ordinance that spells out how members of the public can register complaints about someone they believe is an illegal immigrant living in the city. The plaintiffs have argued that the wording left room for people to base...

    03/13/2007 7:22:13 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 11 replies · 683+ views
    The Citizens Voice ^ | March 13, 2007 | Wade Malcolm
    SCRANTON — Jose Lechuga once thought he’d spend the rest of his life in Hazleton, a place he always considered fit for raising his five children. That dream died recently after heading down a steady path to destruction since last summer, he said. And when he was asked on the witness stand why he thought this happened, Lechuga gave a simple answer. “Because of the ordinance,” he testified Monday in the William J. Nealon Federal Building. Or, as the Mexican native said directly to a court appointed translator, “La ordenanza.” Lechuga, along with his wife, Rosa, was one of four...
  • US town immigration move targeted (Hazelton) .

    03/12/2007 11:30:34 AM PDT · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 8 replies · 760+ views
    BBC ^ | Monday, March 12, 2007
    Critics say the measures are unconstitutional Latino groups in a town in the US state of Pennsylvania are mounting a legal challenge to the local authorities' power to tackle illegal immigration.The court is being asked to determine the legality of a regulation by the Mayor of Hazleton, Lou Barletta. The regulation in question imposes fines on businesses which deal with illegal immigrants. But, critics say it is unconstitutional and such powers can only be exercised by the federal government. Closely watched Last year, Hazleton became a focus of national attention last year when Mr Barletta bought in the new...
  • Latinos protest Pennsylvania town's immigration law

    09/03/2006 10:29:46 PM PDT · by Pikamax · 36 replies · 824+ views
    Reuters ^ | 09/03/06 | Jon Hurdle
    Latinos protest Pennsylvania town's immigration law Sun Sep 3, 2006 10:44 PM ET By Jon Hurdle HAZLETON, Pennsylvania (Reuters) - Latinos and their supporters gathered on Sunday to protest a local law that was the first in the United States to crack down on illegal immigration. About 250 representatives of Hazleton's Hispanic community, and others from surrounding cities, met in a city park to protest the town's Illegal Immigration Relief Act Ordinance. The ordinance penalizes businesses hiring illegal immigrants, fines landlords renting rooms to them and establishes English as the official language of the town. Agapito Lopez of the Hazleton...
  • Reply from Mayor Lou Barletta,City of Hazleton, Pennsylvania

    07/24/2006 9:33:25 AM PDT · by radar101 · 28 replies · 895+ views
    Email ^ | 24 JULY 2006 | Mayor Lou Barletta
    Dear Friend, This is Mayor Lou Barletta from Hazleton, Pennsylvania. I wanted to take a moment to thank you for your support regarding the Illegal Immigration Relief Ordinance, which City Council passed on July 13. As you can imagine, my office has been inundated by thousands of e-mails, letters, and phone calls of support - from coast to coast and border to border. I am grateful for every sign of support. You have my personal thanks because we have accomplished this together. Soon, Hazleton will implement the ordinance, which intends to make my city one of the toughest places in...
  • PA Governor Rendell: City law ‘feeds off’ hatred

    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...
  • Code officer won’t speak Spanish (English only in Hazelton)

    07/16/2006 2:06:30 PM PDT · by Born Conservative · 119 replies · 2,057+ views
    Times Leader ^ | 7/15/2006 | BONNIE ADAMS
    HAZLETON: City tentatively plans to hire worker to get information from tenants who need occupancy permits. HAZLETON (PA)– The city expects any Latino moving into an apartment to come to a code enforcement officer and prove that they’re legal. But the city will not have an interpreter on hand during the process. The city administrator said that using a bilingual employee will conflict with the English-only stance. When a reporter asked if that employee will speak Spanish because of the city’s large Hispanic population, City Administrator Sam Monticello said, “That’s a good point and I’m sure we’ll consider that.” He...
  • Immigration Act Passed in Hazleton

    07/14/2006 3:38:38 AM PDT · by Born Conservative · 16 replies · 643+ views
    WNEP-TV ^ | 7/13/06 | Bianca Barr and Brandie Meng
    By a vote of 4-1, Hazleton City Council approved the Illegal Immigration Relief Act Thursday night. The ordinance is due to take effect in 60 days. The ordinance makes English the official language of Hazleton. It also punishes landlords who rent to illegal immigrants and businesses who hire them. A large crowd packed Hazleton City Hall for Thursday night's council meeting. People who could not fit in the room watched on a large TV in a nearby auditorium. A limited number of people were allowed to speak before the vote took place. Dr. Agapito Lopez of Hazleton used his time...
  • Internet spreads city’s immigration plan

    06/25/2006 4:41:19 PM PDT · by Sharks · 16 replies · 657+ views
    standard speaker ^ | Saturday, 24 June 2006 | KELLY MONITZ
    Hazleton Mayor Louis Barletta has a good shot at the country’s presidency, based on the sentiments expressed in e-mails from throughout the country. The mayor’s office and the Standard-Speaker received thousands of e-mails supporting Barletta’s proposal cracking down on illegal immigration and making English the city’s official language. “Thank you, Mayor Barletta, for sticking up for all real, legal Americans. I am so grateful for you,” wrote Cathy O’Dell of Salida, Calif. “Please run for the presidency. We need someone with guts and glory and that is you, Mayor Barletta.” In Salida, which is north of Modesto, illegal immigration clogged...
  • Mayor Barletta implements English-only policy (needs your support)

    06/20/2006 10:03:04 AM PDT · by Liz · 28 replies · 1,917+ views
    An Open Letter from Mayor Lou Barletta: I believe the United States of America is the greatest nation on Earth. People who are in this country have an incredible amount of opportunities and blessings. But some people have taken advantage of America’s openness and tolerance. Some come to this country and refuse to learn English, creating a language barrier for city employees. Others enter the country illegally and use government services by not paying taxes or by committing crime on our streets, further draining resources here in Hazleton. Illegal immigration leads to higher crime rates, contributes to overcrowded classrooms and...
  • Riding with Reagan: From the White House to the Ranch

    02/21/2005 3:41:07 AM PST · by leadpenny · 19 replies · 781+ views
    C-SPAN2 BookTV ^ | 7Feb05 | John Barletta
    Monday, February 21 at 6:30 am Riding with Reagan: From the White House to the Ranch John Barletta Description: Former Secret Service agent John Barletta talks about his new book, "Riding with Reagan: From the White House to the Ranch." It documents the author's experiences protecting former President Reagan while in office and in the years after. Mr. Barletta was an experienced equestrian and he utilized these skills when he rode with the former president and first lady on their ranch in California, Camp David, and Rock Creek Park in Washington, DC. Author Bio: John Barletta worked as a U.S....
  • Lou Barletta, a good change in 11th District [PA-11]

    10/24/2002 1:32:54 PM PDT · by BlackRazor · 2 replies · 437+ views
    The Morning Call ^ | 10/20/02 | Editorial
    Among the congressional races that political pundits identify as most likely to produce upsets, the 11th District stands out. U.S. Rep. Paul Kanjorski, 65, an 18-year congressman, often has cast votes with which we agree, and we've regularly supported his re-election in the past. Also, it is valuable to the district and to the state to have a Democrat with seniority, even in a Republican-controlled House.