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    Altoona, PA Focus Campaign VICTORY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    **** ADOPTED ORDINANCE ****

    Synopsis
    "The proposed ordinance, modeled after one passed by Hazleton last month, calls for fines and revocation of licenses for employers who hire illegal aliens and landlords who house them."

    This was adopeted on Sept. 27, 2006

    The ordinance would require businesses and landlords to affirm or verify they aren’t employing or housing illegals when applying for their business or rental licenses.

    The ordinance calls for a $300 fine for businesses and a $1,000 fine for landlords who violate it. The Codes Department would enforce the ordinance.


    Activist Instructions

    We need ALIPAC Activists to make calls, send letters, faxes, and e-mails to all members of the Altoona Council asking them to please pass the ordinances to prevent illegal aliens from city employment and rental properties. You may want to share with them some articles about what other cities are doing and some of the problems and public attitudes (polls) about illegal immigration.

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    Dear Councilman _________:

    I am calling/writing today to ask you to please follow the lead of Hazelton, PA and pass strict immigration enforcement measures in Altoona as soon as possible. The federal government is not adequately securing our border or enforcing our existing immigration laws. I feel it is incumbent upon our states and cities to take action to protect communities from illegal immigration. Illegal immigration has many negative repercussions for our communities including depressed wages, increased health care costs, increased costs to taxpayers, increased crime, infectious diseases, and lost American jobs.

    I hope you will stand with the vast majority of Americans that want our laws enforced and our communities and tax dollars protected from illegal aliens.

    Please pass these ordinances as soon as possible. A majority of your constituents support this effort.

    Thank You,


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    Altoona City Council

    Mayor Wayne Hippo
    4022 Ridge Avenue
    Altoona, PA 16602
    (814) 943-5500(W)

    Council:

    Matthew Garber
    907 22nd Avenue
    Altoona, PA 16601
    (814) 943-2936 (H)

    Mark Geis
    4212 4th Avenue
    Altoona, PA 16601
    (814) 944-3770

    Bruce Kelley
    43 Seneca Avenue
    Altoona, PA 16602
    (814) 942-7121

    Ronald Reidell
    111 Penn Circle Drive
    Altoona, PA 16602
    (814) 941-7248

    Joseph Rieker
    101 Halleck Place
    Altoona, PA 16602
    (814) 942-3932

    William Schirf
    1401 Ivyside Drive
    Altoona, PA 16601
    (814) 946-4612


    News

    Illegal alien sweats out city ordinance in Altoona

    Altoona latest to approve illegal immigrant crackdown

    Altoona takes up illegal aliens

    Altoona bishop asks city to drop proposed immigrant ordinance

    Altoona City Ordinance on illegals introduced

    Residents back Altoona's proposed illegal alien bill

    Altoona Illegal Immigrant Ordinance Under Consideration


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    Provided information to the City Council regarding the negative effects of illegal immigration on a community. Writing letters to them and also letters to the editor in the newspaper.

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    Just a reminder the next key date is September 27 from the last news article.


    http://www.alipac.us/modules.php?name=F ... ic&t=38998
    Egan questioned the council’s assumption that all illegals came here with a bad intent.

    He understands that illegal immigration is a problem, but he’s not sure an ordinance is the best way to deal with it.

    He’ll review the draft, he said.

    Copies are available at City Hall, and the council can adopt it Sept. 27.
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    Joe Rieker:
    thanks for your input. Where do you live? We are in Altoona and I support the ordinance. I would like to see our borders secured, every city and town in America pass such an ordinance and then let the illegal immigrants go through the legal process if they wish or send them home. Unfortunately, the politicians seek to exploit the illegal immigrants for votes, welfare recipients, cheap labor, etc. This is one of many issues where the federal government is letting us down. The sad thing is, we have a similar immigration problem here in Pennsylvania which Harrisburg refuses to address. Drug addicts, dealers and others are coming here to collect welfare from other states. More than a third of Pennsylvania's budget is welfare spending now.

    Joseph Rieker
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    Please help save America for our children and grandchildren... they are counting on us. THEY DESERVE the goodness of AMERICA not to be given to those who are stealing our children's future! ... and a congress who works for THEM!
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    It appears the vote is on tonight. Latest article on Altoona.

    http://www.alipac.us/modules.php?name=F ... c&p=222614
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    Dear Mayor and Councilmen,

    Please pass the ordinance requiring businesses and landlords to verify they aren’t employing or housing illegal aliens when applying for business or rental licenses.

    Also pass the penalties for violations of the ordinance, which calls for a $300 fine for businesses and a $1,000 fine for landlords who violate it. Also allow the Code Department to enforce the ordinance.


    Thank You,

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    Altoona latest to approve illegal immigrant crackdown

    http://www.alipac.us/modules.php?name=F ... c&p=223146
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    Thank you everyone for participating in this campaign.

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    http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/06288/730170-85.stm

    Triple murder prompts law against illegal immigrants

    Sunday, October 15, 2006

    By Milan Simonich, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


    ALTOONA -- Miguel Padilla, an illegal immigrant from Mexico, visited Altoona one night and murdered three people after being denied admission to a social club.

    He had been in the United States for 17 years and had accumulated an arrest record before he shot his victims. Even so, the U.S. government neglected to deport him, a lapse that led hometown Congressman Bill Shuster to question the competence of the federal bureaucracy responsible for policing immigration.

    This month, more than a year after the murders, Altoona implemented a law of its own aimed at driving illegal immigrants out of town. The ordinance, which took effect a week ago, would punish businesses that hire illegal immigrants and landlords who rent to them.

    A railroad and industrial town of 47,000 people, Altoona is the largest Pennsylvania city to approve an immigration ordinance.

    Republican Mayor Wayne Hippo, who pushed for the law, said he was inspired by the northeastern Pennsylvania city of Hazleton, the first town to approve an ordinance designed to root out illegal immigrants.

    Aside from the laws they passed, Hazleton and Altoona have almost nothing in common.

    Hazleton, 130 miles from New York City, had a booming population of Latino immigrants when it passed its law. Mayor Louis Barletta says thousands of the newcomers are in the county illegally, creating havoc for Hazleton police and straining other city services.

    Two illegal immigrants from the Dominican Republic were charged with shooting and killing a Hazleton man in May.

    "After that, our people were afraid to walk down the street," Mr. Barletta said. "I had to do something to protect them."

    But the mayor's critics say all his law accomplished was to unleash a wave of bigotry against brown-skinned newcomers, many of whom are naturalized U.S. citizens who hold jobs and pay taxes.

    In contrast, Altoona, in Blair County, has no discernible immigrant base, legal or illegal. Altoona's population peaked at 80,000 during the 1930s. In that era, its famous Horseshoe Curve on the Pennsylvania Railroad was so vital to American transportation that the Nazis planned to destroy it. These days, with its industrial base in decline, Altoona loses more people than it attracts.

    Mr. Padilla, 27, convicted last month and sentenced to death for the triple murder, did not live in Altoona but in Gallitzin in neighboring Cambria County.

    Still, his crimes created momentum for the Altoona law. Mr. Padilla had a driver's license, a diploma from Penn Cambria High School and a police record. Before the murders, he had been charged with illegal possession of a gun and stabbing his former father-in-law, records show.

    Mr. Shuster, in a speech on the U.S. House floor, said police told Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers that Mr. Padilla was in the country illegally after the stabbing charge. Yet no move was made to deport him. Left free, he ventured to Altoona on an August night, got into a row and murdered.

    Most residents say the Padilla case justifies the new city law.

    "How do you get through the system like he did?" said Robert Gutshall, 63, a retiree who moved back to Altoona after spending 25 years in other parts of the country. "There's no question in my mind that the murders were the driving factor for this ordinance."

    Aside from the Padilla case, Mr. Hippo said, illegal immigration has not been an issue in Altoona.

    "We're being proactive. It's not like we have a stack of complaints we're investigating," he said.

    Vic Walczak, legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania, says city laws regarding immigration are likely to do harm but no good.

    Because Mr. Padilla lived outside of Altoona, its ordinance would not have gotten him off the streets before he killed.

    "This case demonstrates why immigration is a national issue and needs to be dealt with by Congress," Mr. Walczak said.

    His organization and Latino groups are preparing to sue Hazleton as soon as it begins enforcing its immigration law, which was rewritten after being approved in July. The revised Hazleton law is to take effect next month.

    Mr. Walczak says the ACLU intends to spend its time and resources knocking down the Hazleton ordinance, which he regards as a danger to society.

    "Mayor Barletta is willing to sacrifice a lot of innocent people to get a guilty one," he said.

    As for the Altoona law, the ACLU will accept complaints from anybody wrongly ensnared in an immigration case and then decide whether to sue, Mr. Walczak said.

    "In some ways, the Altoona ordinance is broader than Hazleton's," he said. "What they have is a snitch system that could exacerbate prejudices people have against foreigners."

    Mr. Hippo said the Altoona law, crafted by recently retired city solicitor Bob Alexander, was written to comply with U.S. Supreme Court decisions on immigration policies. He said he believes it would withstand any court challenge.

    But the ACLU maintains the Altoona law, even if never enforced, is fundamentally flawed.

    "They're doing this, ostensibly, because the feds have failed," Mr. Walczak said. "But Altoona's ordinance says they're not going to do anything in an individual case until the feds say a person is illegal. It still boils down to the federal government handling immigration."

    Altoona Councilman Joseph Rieker calls the ACLU "a nutso organization" that is quick to disparage any city trying to live by rule of law.

    Mr. Rieker's wife is a native of Lima, Peru. He says they are going through an arduous and costly process so she can become a U.S. citizen.

    "We're doing it the right way. I don't have sympathy for people who come here illegally and refuse to go through the steps for citizenship," he said.

    But, like most everyone else in Altoona, Mr. Rieker, 40, does not see illegal immigration as a critical issue for the city. He said he worries more about the viability and livability of a rust-belt town that continues to lose population. He says he is weighing whether to resign his council seat and move his family and his insurance business to North Carolina.

    "This is just not an attractive place to live unless you have family here or you have a ton of dough," Mr. Rieker said.

    Only one of the six Altoona city council members, Republican Matthew Garber, voted against the immigration law. He said he has taken little flak over his vote, but that the rest of the council has been showered with praise.

    "One of my concerns was that the costs could outweigh the benefits," said Mr. Garber, 28, a councilman for eight months.

    Aside from him, the only opposition to the Altoona ordinance came from clergy members, notably the Catholic bishop of the Altoona-Johnstown diocese and his priests.

    The Rev. Luke Robertson, director of Catholic charities in Altoona, said U.S. citizens account for "the vast majority" of those seeking assistance to pay utility bills or feed a family. Rarely, he said, does his agency see an illegal immigrant.

    But one concern of priests, he said, was that the ordinance, as originally drafted, could have displaced a breadwinner whose spouse or children are legal U.S. residents.

    In response, the council decided that "a mixed family" -- one with legal and illegal members -- would not be forced out of property it is renting. A continuing concern, Father Robertson said, is that the adult paying the bills for such a family might lose his job because he is in the country illegally. Then children could wind up on the streets, he said.

    Mr. Hippo says his Catholic friends have had nothing but praise for the immigration ordinance.

    "I think this is a time when the leadership is out of touch with the flock," he said.

    The mayor said Altoona approved its law mostly to ward off an influx of illegal immigrants, such as the one that Mr. Barletta complains about in Hazleton.

    "Mercifully, the immigration problem has not hit us yet," Mr. Hippo said. "But it's not confined to Texas, Arizona and New Mexico, and we know that."
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