Illegal immigration advocates suing to stop new immigration laws

posted at 3:07 pm on September 27, 2007 by Bryan

I linked this one in Headlines, about a lawsuit challenging an immigration crackdown in Connecticut. Now it’s about to happen in Oklahoma, too.

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.


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Someone ask Edwards if he considers these suits frivolous.

Dusty on September 27, 2007 at 3:16 PM

Oh yeah … now that’s the way to win the hearts and minds of Americans … sue them.

Exit question: This is supposed to make me want mexicans as American citizens?

darwin on September 27, 2007 at 3:19 PM

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.

We are America??

Haha …hahahahaha … hahahahahahahahahahah

darwin on September 27, 2007 at 3:20 PM

Well, what did you expect? Did you think they were going to roll over? NO! They have the ruling (and the comments of some presidential candidates) that says it is a crime to enter the United States but not a crime to stay.

Check under a rock and find an ACLU laywer….True dat, true dat.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on September 27, 2007 at 3:20 PM

That’s ok, time to turn the tables. Class action lawsuits from taxpayers suing the city and state for spending tax money on non-citizens.

Jaibones on September 27, 2007 at 3:21 PM

A report given by City Attorney Ginny Gennaro stated no services could be denied, and it could open the city to lawsuits. (emphasis added)

Wow. Just wow.

lan astaslem on September 27, 2007 at 3:22 PM

Yeah yeah yeah….the local news played this up all last night.

The only vid they showed was the old caucasian fella grabbing the demonstrator by the neck and the Irving police hauling him in.

Limerick on September 27, 2007 at 3:22 PM

We are America??

darwin on September 27, 2007 at 3:20 PM

Well, we I can be sure Katie wasn’t there. Or can we I?

Dusty on September 27, 2007 at 3:23 PM

Conservatives need their own legal activists to combat the ACLU’s bully squads.

Mike Honcho on September 27, 2007 at 3:26 PM

I wonder how well recieved a group of non-hispanic Americans in Mexico holding up signs saying “We are Mexico” would be.

Hollowpoint on September 27, 2007 at 3:30 PM

Go ahead get it into the courts, then every judge that sides with the ACLU needs to be exposed and constantly hounded until he/she is replaced or resigns. It’s time to take a hard stand against judges that legislate from the bench and defy the will of the people. Judges are nothing more than graduates from some law school . . . they are not all seeing god like social arbitrators and they should not be allowed to function as such. Enough!

rplat on September 27, 2007 at 3:34 PM

I wonder how well recieved a group of non-hispanic Americans in Mexico holding up signs saying “We are Mexico” would be.

Hollowpoint on September 27, 2007 at 3:30 PM

And … demanding “services” and citizenship. Yeah, that would go over like a lead ballon. But hey, they don’t have the ACLU there trying to destroy their country either.

darwin on September 27, 2007 at 3:35 PM

Judicial Watch Releases Special Report: “Local Governments and Illegal Immigration” – - Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes corruption, today announced the release of a special report, “Local Governments and Illegal Immigration.”

http://www.judicialwatch.org/

Speakup on September 27, 2007 at 3:35 PM

It’s against the law to enforce the law now. . . soooo

I guess all the police are breaking the law, but if you arrest them, you too would be breaking the law.

It’s good to be an American these days. All the logic within the public discourse moves society along quite nicely.

ThackerAgency on September 27, 2007 at 3:39 PM

The failure to significantly reform the court-system under Bush may prove disastrous should we suffer more losses to the Democrats near term. At such a point as we may in the future, elect a government finally committed to defending our sovereignty, we are sure to find a court-system even more activist and stacked against the preservation of our nation hood than it is today.

Nyog_of_the_Bog on September 27, 2007 at 3:43 PM

Funny how it’s always criminal Hispanics. I can’t imagine there’s a connection there?

Maybe Herrrrrrrrrraldo could answer that?

Hening on September 27, 2007 at 3:58 PM

That’s ok, time to turn the tables. Class action lawsuits from taxpayers suing the city and state for spending tax money on non-citizens.

Jaibones on September 27, 2007 at 3:21 PM

Yep. Especially for Los Angelenos…
Antonovich Says L.A. County Taxpayers Shoulder The Burden

09-21-2007 5:05 AM

(Los Angeles, CA) — Los Angeles County Supervisor Mike Antonovich is out with his monthly calculations on just what illegal immigration costs L.A. County residents. According to Antonovich’s figures, illegal aliens and their families collected more than 35-million-dollars in welfare and food stamp allocations in the month of July. He says illegals collected nearly 20-million-dollars in welfare assistance for July, 2007 and an additional 15-million-dollars in monthly food stamps for an estimated annual cost of 440-million-dollars. Antonovich said illegal immigration continues to have a devastating impact on County taxpayers.

Califemme on September 27, 2007 at 4:05 PM

San Diego did some auditing what it costs to file and defend these and other cases which involve illegals. The bill doesn’t include the social, medical and other costs the taxpayers of a democracy, unasked, pay for.

Entelechy on September 27, 2007 at 5:10 PM

Supervisor Antonovich should take a cue from San Diego and bill Washington for the amount. It is one thing if the federal government is actually trying to do its job but it has made a point of not doing its Constitutional duty.
The backlash against the pro-illegal movement has already started, albeit slowly and against great odds. I hope it gets powerful enough to sway Congress before it is too late.

Lancer on September 27, 2007 at 5:11 PM

I’m breaking the law and I’m going to sue you for trying to enforce the law. Only in America.

SoulGlo on September 27, 2007 at 5:30 PM

SoulGlo, very well stated!

It’s a clear movement toward a one-world-citizenry, no borders, no parties, just socialism, PC and love, love, love, so long as the rest of us pay for it. And, the rest of us is the middle class.

Entelechy on September 27, 2007 at 6:19 PM

How about we encourage people to sue their local, state, and federal gov’ts when an illegal has killed, raped, or stolen property from a legal citizen? I’ve no doubt they’ll be rejected, but the stink involved will guarantee the media will be all over it. If it makes no difference whether you’re legal or illegal those rules against lawsuits should not hold either. If illegals can file suits that directly counter federal law, why not? At some point, these issues will have to come before the Supreme Court for ruling. Don’t forget to close your wallet to those asking for your vote.

24K lady on September 27, 2007 at 6:40 PM

wouldn’t it be a civil rights violation to only punish American citizens when they break the laws but grant illegals a free pass every time they break the law.

Mojack420 on September 27, 2007 at 7:05 PM

Conservatives need their own legal activists to combat the ACLU’s bully squads.

Mike Honcho on September 27, 2007 at 3:26 PM

There is it’s called the American Center for Law and Justice ACLJ

http://www.aclj.org/

They are fighting the ACLU on many many more cases every year and winning. It’s making the ACLU have to spend a lot more money on lawsuits they didn’t have to spend when people fearing high legal costs and feeling like they had no where to go just rolled over.

If you think the cause is rightious…

CCRWM on September 27, 2007 at 7:36 PM

The NYTimes is abetting as it does best. It is making what few victories these illegal immigration activists have had into propaganda victories:

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/09/26/nyregion/26riverside.html?_r=1&ref=todayspaper&oref=slogin

It is inconceivable that the NYT would write this article in any way that did not suggest all right thinking people agree the illegal immigration activists.

thuja on September 27, 2007 at 9:26 PM

HB1804 in OK passed with an 83-14 vote, huge outpouring from everyone in the state, Gov. Henry (D), had no choice but to sign the bill, the vote in both houses was veto proof.

Finally state government doing what its supposed to do.

bubbadog89 on September 27, 2007 at 10:45 PM

Outrageous!

We could’ve… should’ve… predicted this.

The End Is Near. For sure.

Lawrence on September 28, 2007 at 12:42 AM

“These Hispanic activists have internalized the hard left’s tactic of obtaining via courts what they can’t win at the ballot box.”

Interesting.

In order to be able to sue they have to have “standing.” Only those who have standing in this case would be illegal aliens. Nobody else is affected. Further, those who file suit must be identified, or at least known to their lawyers. The minute the suite is filed, obtain their names and addresses and deport them, or imprison their ACLU laywers for contempt if they do not identify their clients so that they can be deported. Lawyers are “officers of the court” and have a duty to NOT perpetrate a fraud upon the court or file frivolous law suits. Hiding the identity of a plaintiff is not “attorney client privilege” – it is a fraud upon the court or an attempt to file a frivolous law suit.

If any of these “activists” are themselves illegal, kick their butts out of the country as well.

Further, Bryan wrote: “they’re coming at this from so many angles in so many places suggests a nationally coordinated strategy, at least to me.”

You’re correct. Soros is funding it. See the IDB editorial series on Soros for details. Moveon (Soro’s political arm) and the ACLU is coordinating it with certain Democrats in volved as well.

The sooner the US Attorneys wake up and discover that Soros is a clear and present danger to this country and begin prosecuting him, the sooner we can deport this asshole.

According to the IBD, Soros has spent $5 BILLION of his own money on this mischief. He supports a world government and wants the USA taken down, again, according to the IBD.

What I think is that he has an agenda beyond ruining the Bush presidency. With the organization he has built, the ones he has taken over by virtue of funding them, and by his nascent control of the Democratic Party, WATCH HIM ORCHISTRATE REPEAL OF THE NATURAL BORN PRESIDENT provision of the Constitution. Then watch him buy the Presidency.

This man, if you bother to look, almost singlehandedly bankrupted the Bank of England in 1992. He is VERY dangerous to our liberty and way of life.

He is a principle financial backer of the “million mom march” (AKA “The Brady Campaign,” AKA Handgun Control, Inc.) Without his money, they’d have folded long ago.

He was convicted of insider trading in a French bank takeover, making him a felon.

Former Speaker of the US House of Representatives, Dennis Hastert implies that a good portion of his income (which is masked by foreign transactions) comes from drug money.

Regardless of the source of his money, he is very powerful and very dangerous. His “philanthropy” is designed to move a powerful, leftwing agenda.

georgej on September 28, 2007 at 2:51 AM

People, people, people…..all this shows is that if you are hispanic, you are unable/too stupid to follow they law….This should be an outrage to all hispanic citizens and legals and it should be voiced.

jed58 on September 28, 2007 at 7:42 AM