Pennsylvania residents in California Borough have staged a protest against the increasing number of Romanian immigrants moving into their neighborhood. The Pennsylvanians say that the group of Romanians is defecating in their town square, and beheading chickens in public.
The behavior has alarmed so many residents that at least 600 have signed a petition. The immigrants moved in during May, and in just a few months, the entire town has noticed their behavior.
“What I’ve seen is men and children — never usually the women — the men and the children dropping their pants in the middle of the street, defecating, pulling their pants up and going on their way,” Dawne Roberts told WTAE.
The immigrants were sent to California Borough by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement as part of a program called Alternative to Detention, according to borough administrator Dr. Richard Martin.
Martin said the local residents must be given orientation “about who these folks (the Romanian immigrants) are, why they’re here. Basically, we need to come together as a community and work through the issues.”
But many residents seem to think differently.
“We’re a very diverse town, we’re very open, but they aren’t assimilating to our laws,” Pam Duricic, 59, told the news station. “We are understanding that these are immigrants. But this is not the same scenario as our grandparents. They didn’t come here to raise havoc.”
Almost all of the Romanian immigrants have rented apartments from local real estate agent Vito Dentino, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported. They first started arriving in May.
“They call themselves gypsies,” Dentino told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “They throw trash in their yards, but I’ve talked to them about that, and they clean it up. I think people around here are just overreacting.”
While residents do admit that there have been no acts of violence, they are still concerned about the immigrants behavior.
They call themselves gypsies, and throughout Europe gypsies are known for exactly this type of behavior.