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    Leaders urge fed action on illegals

    Posted on Mon, Aug. 06, 2007
    Leaders urge fed action on illegals
    By MAURA POSSLEY
    mpossley@bradenton.com

    With the inaction on Capitol Hill this summer in the nation's dilemma over illegal immigration, many reform advocates and opponents are looking locally for a solution.

    A high-profile case that has become the forefront of that movement is that of Hazleton, Pa., where city officials last year passed a measure to fine businesses who hire illegal immigrants and landlords who rent to them, said Omar Jadwat, staff attorney for the ACLU Immigrants' Rights Project, during a national conference call on immigration reform this week.

    But last week, a federal court in Pennsylvania called it unconstitutional.

    The ruling has shone a light on a trend of cities around the country taking up the issue of immigration on their own, after Congress failed to pass reforms this summer, Jadwat and others said.

    "What it does show, unfortunately, is Congress needs to get off their rear and tackle this important issue," C.J. Czaia, a local attorney and Latino community activist, said later. "Regardless of their opinions, it's something Congress needs to address. Obviously, these people are feeling they need to do something because the federal government has not."

    From California to New Jersey, local governments are considering enforcement measures aimed at the illegal population.

    "Towns like Hazleton are kind of small towns standing on their own against an onslaught of immigrants," Jadwat said.

    Close to 100 other U.S. cities looked to the Hazleton case as a model of what their governments can enact, said Agapito Lopez, a Hazleton activist.

    While there is fear in the immigrant community that more cities will follow the example of Hazleton, action at the local level could bring about other changes to the current dilemma, including creating an identification card for undocumented immigrants or a temporary driver license to track the population as a way of ensuring its safety and that of the community.

    "There is a threat that they're going to put all these rules in place, and they're going to start excluding and oppressing people," said Luz Corcuera, an activist in the Latino community here. "It has to be something that is constructive, proactive and compassionate."

    But other advocates of immigration say the issue must be dealt with uniformly at the federal level.

    "There has to be dialogue, there has to be work on immigration, there has to be compromise," said Czaia, also chairman of the Manatee County Democratic Party and twice a Congressional candidate. "They (Congress) have to come outside the box and come up with a solution."

    In addition to local measures that have cropped up around the country, city police officers have become immigration police.

    But local officials and state lawmakers representing Manatee County have previously said they prefer to leave the immigration issue at the federal level, maintaining uniform policy.

    The idea of authorities policing immigrants' status has not been discussed at the Manatee County Sheriff's Office, said spokesman Dave Bristow.

    Likewise, it has not been brought up within the Bradenton Police Department, said Bradenton Police Maj. J.J. Lewis.

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    "There is a threat that they're going to put all these rules in place, and they're going to start excluding and oppressing people," said Luz Corcuera, an activist in the Latino community here. "It has to be something that is constructive, proactive and compassionate."

    You are right Corcuera, it DOES have to be constructive, proactive and compassionate....TO U.S. CITIZENS, NOT illegal aliens here to destroy our country.

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    "It has to be something that is constructive, proactive and compassionate."



    Sounds like this bill is --

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    While there is fear in the immigrant community that more cities will follow the example of Hazleton
    Once that ordinance gets past the judicial bull crap, then it will be a firestorm across the country. The cities will keep pushing until we get an ordinance that will deal with these unlawfull and burdensome intelopers.

    We do not need comprehensive immigration reform. We need some comprehension of our laws and that means illegal aliens are not welcome and our laws should be enforced and the illegals must go home!

    That's it. Simple as that! Enforce our laws! The illegal aliens along with every idiot that supports them or is making a buck off of them is just going to have to accept that hard times are coming for them. That's what Americans want and that's what we will get.

    The laws must be enforced and the illegals must go!
    No concessions for criminals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nntrixie
    "It has to be something that is constructive, proactive and compassionate."



    Sounds like this bill is --
    Hows this? You found your way here? Well good find your way out!! You have 30 days good bye!!! Oh and if you don't leave we will then force you out. But thats after ICE documents, photographs and bio-prints them so if they re-enter again illegally there will be stiffer punishments!!! Also all employers that hired illegals will be given a "red flag" on there IRS and labor filing and will get random visits and if found to have illegals on staff then huge fines and loss of business licenses can happen... That is all of the three "constructive, proactive and compassionate."
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    Quote Originally Posted by BorderLegionnaire
    Quote Originally Posted by nntrixie
    "It has to be something that is constructive, proactive and compassionate."



    Sounds like this bill is --
    Hows this? You found your way here? Well good find your way out!! You have 30 days good bye!!! Oh and if you don't leave we will then force you out. But thats after ICE documents, photographs and bio-prints them so if they re-enter again illegally there will be stiffer punishments!!! Also all employers that hired illegals will be given a "red flag" on there IRS and labor filing and will get random visits and if found to have illegals on staff then huge fines and loss of business licenses can happen... That is all of the three "constructive, proactive and compassionate."
    Agreed. Its just amazing that they think they can bulldoze their way into our country, our lives and kill our citizens, social services, social programs, overcrowd our schools, close our hospitals and yet WE need to bend over backwards to show THEM compassion?

    For the umpteenth time: Who the hell do these people think they are?
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    Why jump on me.

    I think any bill that sends does the job of getting them home is
    'constructive, compassionate, and definitely pro-active'.

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