Saturday, December 1, 2007
AP reports that a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit that challenged Prince William County's recent effort to clamp down on undocumented immigrants. U.S. District Judge James Cacheris said the plaintiffs lacked legal standing to challenge measures passed earlier this year by the Prince William County Board of Supervisors. One resolution requires police to check the immigration status of people they detain if they have reason to suspect the person is undocumented. A second seeks to deny numerous county services to illegal immigrants, including business licenses, drug counseling, housing assistance and some services for the elderly. County attorneys successfully argued that the plaintiffs could not show they had suffered from the measures, which have not yet been fully implemented.
Upon full implementation, bet on seeing a suit brought by people actually affected by the ordinance.
UPDATE Here is a copy of the order. Download prince_william