Hazelton Mayor Lou Barletta, a hero to many across the country for his leadership in combating illegal immigration at the local level, has been named “Mayor of the Year” by the Pennsylvania State Mayors Association. This honor from his Pennsylvania peers is particularly rewarding in light of the way open-borders members of the media have tried to disparage his good character and reputation.
Russell Pettyjohn, the Mayor of Lititz, Pa. and chairman of the association’s Mayor of the Year committee, was quoted by the Wilkes Barre Times-Leader as saying “I think he really put his neck out for the (illegal) immigration portion” of his work. “(W)e as mayors don’t know if we would have had the courage to do.” Pettyjohn said the vote on awarding Barletta the award was unanimous. The association has about 400 members in the state.
Under Barletta’s guidance, Hazleton passed an ordinance in 2006 that denied permits to businesses that knowingly employed illegal aliens and fined landlords for renting to them. The law was struck down by a U.S. District Court judge in August, 2007, but the case is under appeal in the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. Many other local governments across the country have followed in Hazelton’s footsteps and considered similar ordinances.
Barletta is running for the 11th Congressional District this year against Rep. Paul Kanjorski, who has a career D+ grade from Americans for Better Immigration (although this year he has strongly supported the SAVE Act).
Updated: Mon, Jul 24th 2017 @ 3:01pm EDT