Thursday, September 9, 2010
Appeals Court Effectively Blocks Hazleton Ordinance
The Third Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia handed down its ruling today that states federal law largely pre-empts states and local municipalities from enacting their own laws to deal with local issues as a result of illegal immigration.
Michael Rubinkam of the Associated Press quoted the following opinion from the courts ruling.
"It is ... not our job to sit in judgment of whether state and local frustration about federal immigration policy is warranted. We are, however, required to intervene when states and localities directly undermine the federal objectives embodied in statutes enacted by Congress," wrote Chief Judge Theodore McKee.
Their Opinon means that local municipalities have handcuffs on where local issues that arise out of an influx of illegal aliens create an undue economic burden to the community. The local governments are forced to suffer the consequences of a pathetically lax federal government.
Congress may feed the public that it is trying to deal with illegal immigration but this ruling points out otherwise. Congress is telling state and local governments "This is our sandbox and stay out." It is clear indication that Congressman like Paul Kanjorski are feeding a bunch of hockey puck to his district when he states "I have consistently supported legislation to secure our borders and enforce our current federal immigration laws."
Why are so many states and municipalities taking matters into their own hands and creating their own laws if current federal immigration laws are protecting them from undue financial burdens?
Here is a link to the court's ruling. Here is a picture of Judge Theodore McKee. He was nominated to the Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit by President Clinton in 1994.
At the time of this posting there were 1,206 comments posted on Yahoo concerning this ruling. Most are decidedly negative against the ruling.
Obama and Kanjorski want us to prove we have health insurance but their laws make it illegal for illegal aliens to prove their status or citizenship. Go figure.