July 26, 2007

WHERE'S CHIEF TANEY WHEN YOU NEED HIM?:

Pa. Immigrant Law Voided (MICHAEL RUBINKAM, 7/26/07, AP) - A federal judge on Thursday struck down the city of Hazleton's tough anti-immigration law, ruling unconstitutional a measure that has been copied around the country. [....]

In a 206-page opinion, Munley said the act was pre-empted by federal law and would violate due process rights.

"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.

"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," he added.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 26, 2007 2:01 PM
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