Saturday, December 1, 2007

Challenge to Prince William County Ordinance Tossed -- For Now

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

KJ

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Hopefully they will be able to find someone who has the audacity to claim that they have a right to make a living off of the illegal alien commerce in their community, and a judge who agrees with such a perverse perspective. This is the second time, the first being the challenge of the Hispanic illegal aliens advocate community in Colorado, that the judiciary has tossed specious claims of injury to legal residents/citizens. There appears to be a trend in the courts to actually demand proof of injury, not just speculative conjecture, as was done in Hazleton.

Posted by: Horace | Dec 1, 2007 10:14:19 AM

Without an injunction, by the time any appeal is addressed by the courts, the legislation will already have fulfilled the intent of the legislators. The sub-prime mortgage crisis, coupled with the decline in the construction industry in the Washington area, will make it impossible for many illegal immigrants to stay in an area which already has one of the highest costs of living in this country. The only question is, where will they go, to the countries of their allegiences or to other locations within the U.S. With hostility towards illegal immigrants increasing daily, home is looking better every day.

Posted by: George | Dec 1, 2007 4:01:36 PM

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