Local Governments Attempting To Do What The Federal Government Has Yet To Do

With the Federal Government’s failure to come up with any viable immigration reform package, local governments are deciding to take the lead on their own.

The latest city to fight back against illegal immigrants is Hazleton, PA.

Last month, in a raucous meeting, the mayor and City Council passed the Illegal Immigration Relief Act. (Barletta wore a bulletproof vest because, he says, Hazleton is menaced by a surge in crime committed by illegal immigrants.) The act imposes a $1,000-per-day fine on any landlord who rents to an illegal immigrant, and it revokes for five years the business license of any employer who hires one.

The act also declares English to be the city’s official language. Employees are forbidden to translate documents into another language without official authorization.

Whether or not you agree with what the Mayor of Hazleton has done, the lack of movement on this issue by Congress is just going to result in more cases like this.

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