December 12, 2009

Keystone United Attends Tea Party Against Amnesty

Filed under: Activism, Immigration, Keystone United News — Steve Smith @ 4:38 pm

by Ryan Murphy

On November 14, 2009 , several  members of the North Eastern PA Chapter of  Keystone United attended a  local Tea Party Against Amnesty. This event was hosted by Voice of the People USA, in  Hazleton, PA.  This small city gained national recognition in 2006 when the mayor Lou Barletta tried to pass the Illegal Immigration Relief Act, which levied fines against employers that hired illegal aliens and landlords who had given them residency within the city as well.

The event started at 2:00pm in front of City Hall. We arrived there approximately at 1:45 to be surprised to see no one was there. As time moved on we were joined by two ladies who drove out of their way to make it to this event. The women were very disappointed to see only 4 people there when they arrived, but they were glad to see such young faces being active in a pro-American cause.

With six people being in attendance at the beginning of the event, Keystone United’s regional director of NEPA , Steve Smith, had an opportunity to do an interview for a local TV channel in Hazleton, which seemed to turn out well.  Off the record, the reporter and the cameraman admitted to being on the same side as the Tea Party . Unfortunately, none of us were able to see the outcome of the interview due to the fact that we didn’t receive the channel back in our area.

Note : Wilkes-Barre TV station WBRE did a news report on the event which can be seen at this link :

As the event continued more people started to arrive – approximately 15 attendees showed.  Voice of the People USA, did not have any speakers or speeches lined up but luckily two supporters brought their megaphones and started making the best of the event by urging vehicles to honk their horns,  This was done by chanting “Honk your horn if you oppose illegal immigration!” and other pro-American\anti-illegal immigration chants such as, “The majority will be the minority in 2040 if we don’t stop illegal immigration” and “Keep our city streets clean and safe !  Deport illegal aliens !”.

The reactions we received from the people driving by in their vehicles were just fantastic.  Almost every vehicle that passed City Hall showed us support!  There were only a few incidents where people yelled things at us, which I thought were negative considering the fact that their yelling was done in Spanish.

Towards the end of the event, a drunken mestizo man walked up.  The Latino instigator decided to start an argument about what we were doing and even openly admitted to being an illegal alien himself!  He claimed that he was on his way home from a hard day’s work which I highly doubted considering the  strong smell of alcohol that was coming from him.  The “debate”  continued until the illegal began to get angry and started yelling profanities .  We told him that there was no need to be acting in a disrespectful manner and at that point he stumbled off disgruntled.  The event ended soon after that at 5:00pm.

All in all, I must say the event was a success for Keystone United.  We had the opportunity to speak with new people and gave them some literature and newsletters .  We also had the privilege to meet and talk to a gentleman all the way from Europe. He explained to us how European countries are facing the same issues of Illegal Immigration as we are here in the U.S.

Although the rally was a success, it was pretty disappointing to see such a lack of attendance.  There is a war being fought in Hazleton, Pa – a war against illegal immigration.  In 2007 when the ordinance was a hot topic, a rally took place at the same location which drew over 1,000 attendees.  Now, there we stood just 2 years later with only approximately 12 people.  I really hope the citizens of Hazleton will once again realize the importance of this fight and find the courage and strength in their hearts to oppose the destruction of their city and of our European-American heritage before it’s too late.


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