Tuesday, October 31, 2006

No Room for Immigration-Law Violators

Hazelton, PA, is coming under more fire -- this time from the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund, which filed suit yesterday on behalf of several illegal aliens (i.e. not Puerto Ricans!), landlords, the Hazelton Hispanic Business Association, et al.

According to the AP report, "Opponents sued on Monday to block the law and a companion measure, saying they trample on the federal government's exclusive power to regulate immigration." [italics added] http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061031/ap_on_re_us/illegal_immigrants_crackdown

The federal government has the right to regulate immigration. States and localities have an obligation to align their laws and ordinances to support those federal laws.

Federal law says it is illegal to "harbor" illegal aliens, as well as transport them, etc. It seems only fair and logical to bar landlords from renting to illegal aliens. Localities issue Certificates of Occupancy and business licenses for landlords, set occupancy requirements, inspect housing, etc. It makes the most sense for localities to issue ordinances aligned with federal laws prohibiting harboring of illegal aliens. And it helps put an end to the warehousing of dozens of illegals in squalid, overcrowded houses, as smugglers routinely do.

States, counties, cities, towns have their role to play here. "Sanctuary cities" have only made the problems of illegal immigration far greater - and a far greater tax & cost burden on their citizens. Let Hazelton's ordinances be adopted across the country. There is no room for immigration-law violators in this country.

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