Tuesday, October 31, 2006
No big surprise but Judge James Munley of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania issued a temporary restraining order against Hazleton City Council, preventing it from enforcing its Illegal Immigration Relief Act Ordinance. The measure has become a model for other U.S. towns that blame illegal immigrants for a range of social problems. The law, which had been scheduled to take effect Wednesday, would fine landlords found to be renting space to illegal aliens, close down businesses that hire them, and allow legal employees to sue the businesses for employment lost during such a shutdown. A related law also establishes English as the town's official language. The restraining order is valid until November 14. To see the TRO, click here. Download hazleton_1030_tro_decision.pdf For the CNN story, click here.