Friday, July 27, 2007

No Happy Ending...

will come from court decisions like the one in Hazelton, PA.

First of all, nothing ends up being resolved or explained. The judge in the case, and defenders of this decision, are not defending or explaining it. I could understand the strikedown, for instance, if the enforcement method was deemed unconstitutional for violating various Federal laws requiring equal opportunity in housing.

We had a similar debate in rental registration in Athens some years ago when they first started enforcing the "single-family zoning" ordinance. More explanation on that later, but if that law was considered constitutional, I can't understand how Hazelton's would not be. And no one is explaining it to me in any way that makes sense.

Second: this is the perfect setup for Republicans come election time. Republican reformers get tough on immigration and the will of the people turned back by an unchecked judicial decision. We get to ignore the 12 years these cats controlled Congress and did NOTHING to help clarify the immigration issue.

Third: this will frustrate an alreay enraged middle American population that is sick and tired of illegal immigration. The divisions this is creating in this country will take even longer to fix.

3 comments:

Ashley said...

When I saw this title, I thought you were reviewing a massage parlor.

Cousin Pat from Georgia said...

Now, what's really bad is that I had to ask a friend what you meant by that.

So much for my street cred.

Ashley said...

Bwah ha ha ha...