First victory in Hazleton

Congrats to our great legal team, who picked up a “W” yesterday when a federal judge ruled that Hazleton cannot enforce its anti-immigrant ordinance until November 14:

U.S. District Judge James Munley, ruling that landlords, tenants and businesses that cater to Hispanics face the prospect of “irreparable harm” from the laws, issued a temporary restraining order blocking their enforcement.

“We find it in the public interest to protect residents access to homes, education, jobs and businesses,” he wrote in a 13-page opinion.

Mayor Lou Barletta, who spearheaded the law, has argued that illegal immigrants have brought an increase in drugs, crime and gangs to the city. The city’s lawyers on Tuesday cited a 10 percent increase in crime between 2004 and 2005 as a reason why the ordinances should be enforced.

Munley, however, wrote that the city “offers only vague generalizations about the crime allegedly caused by illegal immigrants, but has nothing concrete to back up these claims.”

Which is what we’ve been saying almost from the start.

Here’s some local coverage of the decision. And here’s a good AP article that appeared on the WaPo’s website yesterday:

A federal judge on Tuesday blocked the measure for at least two weeks, but the evidence suggests many Hispanics- illegal or otherwise- have already left.

That, in turn, has hobbled the city’s Hispanic business district, where some shops have closed and others are struggling to stay open.

“Before, it was a nice place,” said Soto, 27, who came to the United States from the Dominican Republic a decade ago. “Now, we have a war against us. I am legal but I feel the pressure also.”

Pennsylvania native Kim Lopez and her husband, Rudy, a Mexican immigrant, closed their grocery store Oct. 1 after business tailed off dramatically over the summer. They lost more than $10,000- their life savings.

“Everyone was running scared and left town,” said Lopez, 39. “We had customers who came in who were legal citizens and they didn’t want the harassment and hassle and told us they were leaving.”

Andy in H-burg

3 thoughts on “First victory in Hazleton

  1. I was hoping to see this mentioned on here 🙂 I saw it yesterday on CNN and just about jumped with joy!

    It’s still scary how many other cities plan to use it as a template for their own laws, but maybe this will have the same effect the Dover trial had for the ID movement.

    It amazes me that Hazelton’s mayor still seems to think it’s a very good thing! I guess as far as he’s concerned, once there are nothing but “legal” immigrants (i.e., “white, European”), it will be a fine little town again.

  2. Everything for the benefit of the invaders and nothing for the native citizens who have to watch their country getting flushed down the toilet.

    La Raza is right – For those inside the [Bronze] race everything, for those outside that race [Whites, Blacks, Asians, etc.] NADA! Let’s just keep right on paving the way for MS-13, and all the other Mestizo scum, until those inimical to America will become a majority and vote the United States into a carbon copy of their corrupt Hispanic motherlands.

    I almost can’t wait until they have no place left to overrun and ruin.

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