Immigration Crackdown Challenge Tossed – Virginia

Immigration Crackdown Challenge Tossed – NY Times – Full Article
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Published: December 1, 2007
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit Friday that challenged a suburban Washington county’s recent effort to clamp down on illegal immigrants, one of the toughest such crackdowns in the country.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.

Judge Dismisses Suit On Illegal Immigration – Washington Times – Full Article
Crackdown Could Still Face Challenge

By Jerry Markon
Washington Post Staff Writer
>font color = “orange”>Saturday, December 1, 2007; Page B03

A federal judge yesterday dismissed a lawsuit challenging Prince William County’s closely watched crackdown on illegal immigration, but the ruling leaves open the possibility that attorneys could file a similar suit with a different set of plaintiffs, lawyers said.

U.S. District Judge James C. Cacheris threw out the lawsuit because the 22 plaintiffs lacked legal standing to file it, according to a docket entry filed in U.S. District Court in Alexandria. The judge has not issued a written opinion. But Cacheris specified that his ruling was not based on the merits of the case. Lawyers on both sides said that means another constitutional challenge could be filed.

From the letter issued by the Puerto Rican Legal Defense Fund
“the governing body of Prince William County has taken it upon itself to devise a way to handle immigrants in their community in a way that goes against the U.S. Constitution and federal law. It infringes upon Congress’ power to regulate immigration,
a power unquestionably reserved to the Federal government. Putting aside the fact that all of our ancestors were immigrants at one point, the action the PWC Board of Supervisors has taken here is discriminatory and illegal.” “This Resolution demonstrates a disturbing animus

I have to agree that the recent surge in raids and other immigration enforcement tactics are only aiding the anti-immigrant sentiment being groomed in this country. It does not guarantee the basics rights of all citizens of this country regardless of their status. There is a stark difference between a person that does not have proper documentation to be in the US and a person that commits a serious crime. Efforts to stop illegal immigration by checking those “suspected” of being here illegally are based in prejudiced stereotyping and do nothing at all to identify and promote a reasonable solution to the this issue in total. You don’t just put law enforcement into immigration mode and hope that you’ll be able to remove 12 to 30 million residents while also protecting the safety of the population. These efforts only promote racism and xenophobia as legal residents begin to suspect that anyone of color is an illegal immigrant.

I’m glad that Virginia’s made it clear that immigration is not their biggest concern and I hope that the newly elected representatives will work to remove these terrible laws and ordinances.

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