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Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Another Judge Legislates from the Bench

Federal Judge Blocks Pa. Town Illegal Immigrant Crackdown


    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 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.

I'm sorry, but I would rather have my elected representatives decide what's in the public's interest, not this arrogant Philosopher King.


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