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December 29, 2006

Satirical Web site targets Mayor for views on illegal immigration

From The News Bizarre, Dec. 24, 2006;

"HAZLETON, Pa. — A satirical new Web site pokes fun at Mayor Lou Barletta by claiming he has banned Santa Claus, "the nation's most prominent undocumented worker," from the city.

at; http://www.nosantaforhazleton.com/press.html

Playing off the mayor's recent crackdown on illegal immigrants, the Web site says Barletta has launched a campaign against the jolly old elf, who is "not an American, nor is he legally recognized for residency or occupational purposes in this country."

Barletta attracted national attention earlier this year when he pushed through a tough, first-of-its-kind law targeting illegal immigrants, who the mayor says have committed crimes and drained tax dollars in the northeastern Pennsylvania city of 31,000 people.
The law, which a judge has blocked pending a legal challenge, penalizes landlords who rent to illegal immigrants and employers who give them jobs.

Barletta wasn't amused when he learned about the Web site this week, referring it to state police because it solicits online credit card donations.

"Santa Claus is welcome in Hazleton as he's welcome everywhere," Barletta told Fox News Channel's Hannity & Colmes show. ``Whoever created the Web site obviously has too much time on their hands.''
The Web site was registered in October to an Emeryville, Calif., group calling itself No Santa For Hazleton.

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/bizarre/4424632.html

Posted by VisaLawyer at December 29, 2006 09:36 AM

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