Stephen Glassman, chairperson (he doesn't like "chairman") of the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, claims that his organization - a state agency - is one of the parties suing Hazleton over their IIRA (Illegal Immigration Relief Act). (A previous version of the suit didn't have them on board.)
The article "Panel slams illegal immigration law" contains that claim buried within a description of the biased panel at King's College in Wilkes-Barre, which in addition to Glassman also consisted of a wide range of Latino, church, and other pro-illegal immigration groups.
I haven't confirmed his claim, but it's certainly plausible considering that, as shown by both links, Glassman is a real piece of work. Not just far left, but in a fashion that I as a non-professional would term pathologically so:
Glassman – who during the question-and-answer period said the U.S. was "infected with racism," that institutionalized racism "permeated" the country and that the U.S. couldn't "merely get rid of slavery is a couple of hundred years – claimed PHRC was party to the suit filed against IIRA. He said the commission was confident of winning.
Glassman also took on what he termed "English-only" laws such as Hazleton's.
Noting that Pennsylvania laws used to be printed in both English and German during the 18th and 19th centuries, he said official English laws ran contrary to the commonwealth's "multi-lingual principles." Again, he claimed they were race-based and targeted at Spanish speakers.
"Unfortunately, primarily Hispanics are the ones being vilified, with epithets thrown at them in places like Hazleton," Glassman said, though he did not discuss any specific incident.
The author of the article, L.A. Tarone, oddly enough for the source, appears to get it to a slightly greater degree than larger papers would:
After the forum concluded, a woman who declined to give her name told a Standard-Speaker photographer she wished the panel had been "more balanced."
Note that Glassman was appointed to the PHRC by former Republican governor Mark Schweiker, but he was made "chairperson" by current governor and Democrat Ed Rendell, America's most anti-American governor ("The only ones I want to hear speaking up and complaining about immigration are the Native Americans who we screwed.")
Rendell also appointed both Agapito Lopez ("We will acculturate, we will adapt to your rules, we will follow your laws, but we will never assimilate") and Anna Arias ("[Hazelton is] the first Nazi city in the country") to the Governor's Advisory Commission on Latino Affairs.
Immigration · Tue, 10/03/2006 - 21:08 · Importance: 1