Mar 31, 2017
Yesterday, Pawlowski announced The Mayor's Office of Immigration Services in the city's Alliance Hall. I have reported previously that Pawlowski is courting the small migrant groups in Allentown, and has provided them with space in the city owned building. Among those groups were new Liberian and Kenyan organizations.
The immigration help center may jeopardize Allentown's federal block grant funds. Pawlowski claims that those funds are marginal anyway. In years past he had a designated employee who processed an elaborate application process from various agencies, which was an annual tradition since his first term in 2006. Those funds might be marginal to the city, but they are primary to various agencies which depend on them to operate.
He now states that "We can't have a large portion of our citizenship living in fear," I don't know how many people, if any, Pawlowski's action will actually save from deportation. With our Democratic City Council he will probably get away with this election stunt. I do know that there are other fears in Allentown, such as fear of crime. There's even the fear of bad local government.