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Clinton Judge Blocks Hazelton Illegal Aliens Laws

From the DNC's Associated Press:

Judge blocks town’s immigrant crackdown

Decision cites vague connection between illegal immigrants, crime

Oct 31, 2006

ALLENTOWN, Pa. – A federal judge on Tuesday blocked the city of Hazleton from enforcing a pair of ordinances targeting illegal immigrants, just hours before the measures were to go into effect.

The measures, approved by the City Council last month, would have imposed fines on landlords who rent to illegal immigrants and denied business permits to companies that give them jobs. They also would have required tenants to register with City Hall and pay for a rental permit.

U.S. District Judge James Munley ruled that landlords, tenants and businesses that cater to Hispanics faced "irreparable harm" from the laws and issued a temporary restraining order blocking their enforcement.

"We find it in the public interest to protect residents’ access to homes, education, jobs and businesses," he wrote in a 13-page opinion.

Hispanic groups and the ACLU sued Hazleton on Monday, contending the laws violate the Constitution because they trample on the federal government's exclusive power to regulate immigration.

Mayor Lou Barletta, who spearheaded the law, has argued that illegal immigrants have brought an increase in drugs, crime and gangs to the city. The city's lawyers on Tuesday cited a 10 percent increase in crime between 2004 and 2005 as a reason why the ordinances should be enforced.

Munley, however, wrote that the city "offers only vague generalizations about the crime allegedly caused by illegal immigrants, but has nothing concrete to back up these claims."

Hazleton's crackdown, which was announced in June, has spurred other towns to pass similar laws. Municipal officials view the Hazleton lawsuit and a similar one in Riverside, N.J., as test cases.

Witold J. Walczak, legal director of the ACLU of Pennsylvania, hailed Tuesday's decision as an important victory.

"I think what's important is the judge recognized that this ordinance has the potential to cause real harm by costing people their jobs, their houses and requiring children to leave schools," he said.

The judge's restraining order expires Nov. 14. He indicated that he will schedule a hearing on the ACLU's motion for a temporary injunction.

Barletta has said he is convinced the courts will ultimately uphold the law.

The judge says there is only a "vague connection between illegal immigrants, crime"? If they are in this country illegally they have committed a crime.

But once again a Clinton-appointed judge has stricken down the legislated will of the citizens. And of course with the ever-present help of the 501c3 "charity" the America-hating ACLU.

"We find it in the public interest to protect residents’ access to homes, education, jobs and businesses," he wrote in a 13-page opinion.

The Hazelton ordinances were passed at the behest of the legal citizenry to do just this very thing. This judge's ruling is meant to have the opposite effect.

This judge seeks to deny Hazelton's legal residents the most basic rights in any social compact — the right to protect their lives and property.

Remember who confirms these ACLU slavey judges on November 7th.

(Thanks to Tom Stoner for the heads up.)

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Wednesday, November 1st, 2006. Comments are currently closed.

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