Good news for all Pennsylvania residents…. I wonder if Reading, Norristown and Philadelphia will get the memo that their days as “sanctuary cities” are numbered? I urge you to call your PA rep and tell them you support the entire legislation package sponsored by Daryl Metcalfe… It’s ALL good as they say and is a BIG step in the right direction for Pennsylvania.
I live near Norristown and it makes me SICK to see an entire section of the “West End” turned into a Little Mexico. The sign at the bottom of the strip says “Historic Shopping District” but it should say “Historic Puebla Mexico” instead. Several blocks of West Marshall Street are now exclusively Mexican restaurants, Mexican bodegas and even their own little indoor Mall called La Plazita.. A big real estate guy in the area even advertises his rentals IN SPANISH in that area. What is wrong with this picture???? Norristown USED to be Germans and Italians for the most part. Now it is almost 35% Mexican!!! And we are more than 2000 miles from the southern border. If I wanted to live near a border town I’d move to Texas or Arizona for crying out loud.
I have approached the Norristown Town Council and the Montgomery County Commissioners. All of them have felt it is “not their yob” to solve the invasion of illegal aliens into Norristown. One particular councilman, Bill Procyson, makes the point that the Mexicans are “nice” and why should it be his problem to pick out who is here illegally? My point - we shouldn’t have to wonder at all - that is if our GOVERNMENT was DOING ITS JOB.
Now with this legislation package - people like Bill Procyson won’t get to say - “not my yob” and they will be forced to deal with the growing problem of an increasing TAX BURDEN without an increasing TAX BASE from the invasion of illegal aliens into our state and our towns.
ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!!!
Office of State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe
June 10, 2008 FOR INFORMATION: Ty McCauslin (717) 772-9979
State Lawmakers to Unveil “No Sanctuary” Legislation to Offset Increasing Taxpayer Costs Fueling PA’s Illegal Alien Invasion
WHAT: State Representatives Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler), Tom Creighton (R-Lancaster), Mark Mustio (R-Allegheny), Scott Perry (R-Cumberland/York) and Harry Readshaw (D-Allegheny) will introduce the newest additions to the National Security Begins at Home package.
Sponsored by Metcalfe, both pieces of legislation would provide legal and economic sanctions against any city, municipality or other local government entity that adopts ordinances, policies or informal procedures to encourage illegal aliens to reside within its borders or otherwise hinders law enforcement activities.
WHO: Offering support for this bipartisan legislation and providing insight on the ever-increasing social and taxpayer costs resulting from Pennsylvania’s ongoing Illegal Alien Invasion will be Kathleen Appell, research and media coordinator, Citizens for Immigration Control and Enforcement; Marianne Davies, Esq. vice-chair, You Don’t Speak for Me; and Yeh Ling-Ling, executive director Diversity Alliance for a Sustainable America.
Other state lawmakers scheduled to attend include: Reps. Jim Cox, (R-Berks), Rob Kauffman, (R-Cumberland/Franklin), Sam Rohrer (R-Berks) and RoseMarie Swanger (R-Lebanon).
DATE: Wednesday, June 11
TIME: 10 a.m.
WHERE: State Capitol Rotunda
LIVE WEBCAST: Log on to www.RepMetcalfe.com, www.RepCreighton.com, www.RepMustio.com or www.RepPerry.com beginning at 9:55 a.m. on Wednesday morning.
Last summer, Digger and I attended a press conference in Philadelphia with many of the people leading this charge. Read about it here on Digger’s Realm
Here is an excerpt from a 2003 article in The Times Herald which tried to answer the question - Why Norristown?
Puebla and Acapulco are the two largest sending cities, officials said. But nobody is sure who was first or why Norristown was chosen. Officials only have assumptions. The most widely accepted beliefs are:
1. Immigrants arrive in larger cities and towns such as Philadelphia and West Chester, naturally sprawling to Norristown.
2. Inexpensive housing in Norristown encourages immigrants to establish lives here, rather than more expensive surrounding townships.
3. The abundance of service jobs in landscaping, retail, restaurants and hotels creates a demand that immigrants supply. Mexican immigrants are most often single men working in these jobs six to nine months of the year, who return to Mexico for the rest of the year.
4. Once immigrants establish homes here, they send for their families and friends, and in turn, these families and friends tell more people, creating a domino effect.
5. Less than 500,000 immigrants each year stay in the country. Though it looks like many immigrants are here, what people mostly see are immigrants in the country using temporary visas.
The journey is not easy.
Some people have visas and other proper documentation to live in the United States, but about half of the Mexican population does not.
“It’s not easy to make that decision - to leave behind everything you know,” said Miguel Dones, president of Conecciones, a social services and economic organization serving the Norristown community. Officials from the United States and Mexico agree that the reason for the great wave of immigration is money. “The opportunities are on this side of the border,” said Deputy Consul Jacob Prado of the Mexican Consulate of Philadelphia. “Nobody wants to leave their hometown or families. If they come here, it’s because economic opportunities are available in this country.”
There you have it. Remove the ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES for illegal aliens and they will not come here!
More on how the population of Norristown has changed from the same article:
Between 1990 and 2000, Norristown’s Hispanic population jumped nearly 400 percent, with most of the expansion within the last five years.
Nobody is exactly sure why thousands have chosen to live here, but Norristown has the largest population of Hispanics in Montgomery County.
While the Hispanic population increased by nearly 2,500 individuals, the total population of the borough only increased by 500 people.
This means at least 2,000 non-Hispanics moved out of Norristown, while 2,000 Hispanics moved in.
In the early and mid 90’s, Puerto Ricans were the largest Hispanic minority in Norristown, but now Mexicans have taken over that distinction.
The entire reason for controlling immigration and enforcing immigration laws in ANY country is to prevent the cultural hijacking of any part of a country through large numbers of “immigrants” - legal or illegal - to a community. The reasoning behind immigration control is to PRESERVE the cultural identity of our towns and cities. But instead we have allowed the population of Norristown to be INVADED through a 400 PER CENT INCREASE in Hispanics - most of whom are here illegally. I hold the leaders of Norristown fully responsible for allowing this to happen and I whole heartedly support the efforts by Daryl Metcalfe and others at our state government level for leading the charge to turn this tide and reclaim Norristown and other places in Pennsylvania for the native population.