Wednesday, November 1, 2006
Federal Judiciary OUTRAGE!!!
Hazleton, Pennsylvania has the right idea to curb immigration: Make it unpalatable to businesses.
A law that was set to go into effect today would fine landlords found to be renting to illegal immigrants, and close down businesses found to be employing illegals. It would also allow legal employees to sue the same business for employment lost during such a shut down.
10 other towns have such laws, and 32 other towns are drafting them right now.
But Federal Judge James Munley of the U.S. District Court of Pennsylvania just issued a restraining order against the Hazleton City Council that prevents them from enforcing their new law, which is valid until Nov. 14th.
Legislating from the bench, are we 'Your Honor'?
In Hazleton, 31,000 residents are estimated to be from Central America, and of those, roughly one quarter are believed to be illegal. That's about 7,750 people, if my math is correct.
According to Judge Munley's 13 page opinion, immigrants risked "irreparable injury" by being evicted from their apartments. (Boo-hoo. Get over it and find a new place in your country of ORIGIN!) He questioned that illegal immigrants increase crime and put a burden on social services.
To hell with national statistics, I guess... When you're a judge, you can decide what is fact.
He also made this gem of a statement:
"Defendant offers only vague generalizations about the crime allegedly caused by illegal immigrants but has nothing concrete to back up these claims," Munley wrote.
How about the fact that their very presence is a crime, Judge Munley?
Oh, and guess who a few of the parties challenging the law are? The Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund, Jobs with Justice, and of course, the ACLU.
No leftist agenda there, is there?