Thursday, July 26, 2007

The Hazleton case is decided

The federal judge in the Hazleton case has ruled against the city. I will have to check out the ruling once it is online (though it's really long). A quote:

Whatever frustrations ... the city of Hazleton may feel about the current state of federal immigration enforcement, the nature of the political system in the United States prohibits the city from enacting ordinances that disrupt a carefully drawn federal statutory scheme," Munley wrote in a 206-page opinion. "Even if federal law did not conflict with Hazleton's measures, the city could not enact an ordinance that violates rights the Constitution guarantees to every person in the United States, whether legal resident or not."
Since Congress refused to act, the judicial branch will be taking charge. I wouldn't be surprised if an appeal has been filed before I finish writing this.


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