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TOPIC: Judge Strikes Down Hazleton's Illegal Immigrant Law
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Judge Strikes Down Hazleton's Illegal Immigrant Law Hazleton Mayor Calls Ruling Bizarre, Vows Appeal

POSTED: 1:30 pm EDT July 26, 2007 UPDATED: 4:19 pm EDT July 26, 2007

ALLENTOWN, Pa. -- A federal judge on Thursday struck down the city of Hazleton's tough crackdown on illegal immigrants, ruling unconstitutional a law that has been emulated by towns and cities around the nation.

The Illegal Immigration Relief Act, pushed by the city's Republican mayor last summer after two illegal immigrants were charged in a fatal shooting, was voided by U.S. District Judge James Munley following a nine-day trial in March. "This decision should be a blaring red stoplight for local officials thinking of copying Hazleton's misguided and unconstitutional law," said Witold J. Walczak, legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania, which represented the plaintiffs.

Mayor Lou Barletta called the decision bizarre and said he intends to file an appeal.

"This was a case where a federal judge protected the rights of anonymous illegal aliens," he told The Associated Press in a phone interview. "This fight's far from over."

Hazleton had sought to impose fines on landlords who rent to illegal immigrants and deny business permits to companies that give them jobs. A companion measure would have required tenants to register with City Hall and pay for a rental permit.

Barletta, chief proponent of the crackdown, contends illegal immigrants have brought drugs, crime and gangs to the city of more than 30,000, overwhelming police, schools and hospitals.

Hispanic groups and illegal immigrants sued in federal court to overturn the measures, saying they usurp the federal government's exclusive power to regulate immigration, deprive residents of their constitutional rights to equal protection and due process, and violate state and federal housing law.

In a 206-page opinion, Munley said the act was pre-empted by federal law and violated the plaintiffs' 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.

Hazleton's act was copied by dozens of municipalities around the nation that believe the federal government hasn't done enough to stop illegal immigration. Munley's ruling does not affect those measures.

The city's lawyer, Kris Kobach, said there were "very serious errors" in the decision and predicted it would be overturned on appeal.

Hispanic immigrants began settling in large numbers in Hazleton several years ago, lured from New York, Philadelphia and other cities by cheap housing, low crime and the availability of work in nearby factories and farms. The city, situated 80 miles northwest of Philadelphia, estimates its population increased by more than 10,000 between 2000 and 2006.

Testimony during the trial pegged the city's illegal immigrant population at between 1,500 and 3,400.

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The streets of Hazleton have never been quite, they have always flowed with one drug or another. As for the law barletta tried to pass, I agree and that is what makes him even less worthy of his seat.

He left Hazleton worse off than when he came to power in Hazleton. Using us as a stepping stone to obtain more power and wealth, he treated his own home like gutter trash. If he is willing to do that, he will do the same to anyone else.

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Barletta did this to make waves and get into congress, and it worked.

The streets were very quite for a couple months after this started.

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Well that just means that the people living along the border will have to deport them. Someone better do something soon with this crap Government.

Mickey.

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Enforcing immigration law “isn’t smart,” President Barack Obama told law enforcement officials Tuesday, just one day after the public learned he had released 36,007 illegal-immigrant murderers, rapists, thieves and other criminals into the nation’s communities.

Cops should be going after major criminals, not the many illegal immigrants that are quietly living in their districts, said Obama, who has twice sworn to uphold the nation’s laws.

“You’ve got to spend time dealing with somebody who is not causing any other trouble other than the fact that they were trying to make a living for their families,” Obama said.

“That’s just not a good use of our resources. It’s not smart. It doesn’t make sense,” said Obama, who has already directed immigration police to minimize enforcement of illegal living far from the border.

On May 12, the Center for Immigration Studies released government documents showing that Obama’s deputies released foreign 36,007 foreign criminals who had committed crimes in the country, instead of deporting them.

The 88,000 convictions included 193 murders, 426 sexual assaults, 303 kidnappings, 1,075 aggravated assaults, 1,160 vehicle thefts, and 16,000 convictions for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Obama’s call to end the enforcement of immigration law came during a staged event at the White House. The purpose was to stimulate his supporters’ declining interest in the largely defunct and unpopular 18-month campaign to sharply increase the inflow of immigrants and guest-workers. Obama needs to keep the issue boiling to boost turnout by Latinos in November.

Mr. Uriah (aka "The Ever Vigilant")

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Frank has boycotted the Writer Members Guild meetings ever since they cut out the free Twinkies.

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Hey maritimers, careful he's a writer member. He can't spell wrongly, why just the other day he couldn't spell separate and his ifs an ofs and a whole bunch of words just don't seem to fit his sentence structure. Maybe that's why he hasn't sold a book, an article or has been published anywhere. But then according to him he's just a prisoner of a failed education system.

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It's always good to get Maritimer's too sense worth on these things.

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Robert, I wish you had the good since to correct the spelling of the word in your posts.

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Okay, in fairness to Frank and Robert, they don't deserve to get tagged with yet another Whoosh award. This bump involved something so subtle that no one else will pick up on. Well, maybe Goodenuff if he were still paying attention. Because he has shown the ability to pick up on the darndest things.

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Little unknown fact, the Barletta's and their friends exploited the illegals until the drug gangs that their children joined started to commit crimes in the more wealthy areas of town.

Personally I do not mind the illegals. Sense they moved in, the streets have been safer in my neighborhood, the remaining white trash do not throw beer bottles at kids, or smash windows to steal quarters, much less the fact that girls can go outside again. It took drug crime to clean up the streets.

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