Illegal immigration advocates suing to stop new immigration laws
posted at 3:07 pm on September 27, 2007 by Bryan
Local Hispanic leaders have announced plans to announce a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the state’s new immigration law.
House Bill 1804, the Taxpayers and Citizens Protection Act, is due to go into effect Nov. 1. It would make it a felony to transport, conceal or shelter an undocumented immigrant from detection. It also prevents illegal immigrants from getting jobs and public assistance.
These Hispanic activists have internalized the hard left’s tactic of obtaining via courts what they can’t win at the ballot box.
The ACLU is probably directing or at least influencing some of this. They have joined a suit against the DHS over “no-match” checks aimed at weeding out illegals who use fraudulent Social Security numbers. That suit has won a temporary stay against using “no-match” to find and deport illegal aliens.
Where deportations are happening, there’s noise against that too.
Angered over a record number of recent deportations in Irving, more than 1,000 protesters waved U.S. flags and chanted “We are America” as they rallied Wednesday night at City Hall.
Demonstrators called for Irving officials to put a moratorium on turning over suspected illegal immigrants to federal officials until immigration laws are reformed nationally. They also urged people to call Mayor Herbert Gears and ask him to stop deporting people from the city’s jail.
If you read through the stories, they all have one thing in common. They all want local and state enforcement stopped until the feds can hand down “comprehensive” immigration reform, by which they mean amnesty. That they’re coming at this from so many angles in so many places suggests a nationally coordinated strategy, at least to me.
And once in a while, they win without actually going to court.
Though English is already the official language of California, one of the proposed resolutions would make English the official language of the city of Bakersfield. It was defeated by a vote of 5-2. Council members David Couch and Harold Hansen voting in favor, while
Irma Carson, Sue Benham, Ken Weir, Jackie Sullivan and Zack Scribner voted against.
The second resolution would declare Bakersfield not to be a “sanctuary city” for illegal immigrants, where local law enforcement officials do not cooperate with federal authorities on immigration matters.
City attorney Ginny Gennaro told the council no one is proposing Bakersfield become a sanctuary city.
That resolution also failed on a 4-3 vote. Council members Irma Carson, Sue Benham, Ken Weir and Zack Scribner voted no, while
David Couch, Harold Hansen and Jackie Sullivan voted in favor.
Couch had also asked city staff to look into which city services could be denied to illegal immigrants. A report given by City Attorney Ginny Gennaro stated no services could be denied, and it could open the city to lawsuits.