Posted By Cliff Tuttle | July 18, 2010
Maybe it isn’t a trend yet, but a lot of angry people are thinking about enacting state laws and local ordinances to restrict the ability of illegal immigrants to live and work in their communities. This includes local ordinances forbidding landlords to rent to illegals. A new one cropped up in Fremont, Nebraska recently. And it is not the first time. Hazelton, PA, in the east, enacted a similar ordinance which, if memory serves, was struck down by a federal court and is on appeal.
Of course, the federal government has the responsibility under the Constitution for regulating its borders and it does not appreciate all of the well-meaning efforts of states and municipalities to help out.
We don’t have any such legislation here in Western Pennsylvania, but given the political climate, it could happen on any given Tuesday. But based on what we have seen thus far, the chances of this kind of legislation passing judicial scrutiny is zero to none. Immigration is just a federal thing, that’s all.
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