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September 10, 2010 | By Larry King, Inquirer Staff Writer
In a high-profile Pennsylvania case that helped spark the ongoing national debate over immigration policy, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday that the City of Hazleton has no right to punish businesses or landlords who hire or rent to illegal immigrants. The ruling, by a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Philadelphia, upheld a 2007 lower-court decision prohibiting Hazleton from enforcing local immigration ordinances. The judges said federal immigration law preempted Hazleton's controversial 2006 initiatives.
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August 30, 2010 | By Charles Krauthammer
Liberalism under siege is an ugly sight. Just yesterday, it was all hope and change and returning power to the people. But the people have proved so disappointing. Their recalcitrance has, in only 19 months, turned the predicted 40-year liberal ascendancy (James Carville) into a full retreat. Ah, the people - the little people, the small-town people, the "bitter" people, as Barack Obama, in an unguarded moment, once memorably called them - clinging "to guns or religion or" - this is less remembered - "antipathy toward people who aren't like them.
NEWS
August 3, 2010
ILLEGAL immigration was one of several complicated issues that the president and Congress weren't dealing with until the noxious Arizona immigration law ignited a passionate national debate. Now we still aren't dealing with the ramifications of illegal immigration - but at high volume, with poisonous rhretoric, demagoguery - and that old stand-by, political opportunism. A federal judge blocked the worst parts of the Arizona law from taking effect last week, at least temporarily.
NEWS
August 1, 2010
A judge's decision to invalidate the worst elements of Arizona's odious attempt to usurp federal authority over immigration doesn't mean the Obama administration has time to savor the moment. That Arizona and other states feel they must fill the void left by inadequate enforcement of federal immigration laws should have motivated the president long before now to make immigration reform a higher priority. He instead spent tremendous political capital on watered-down, but welcome, health-care reform, and - in large part due to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill - has failed to get traction on climate change.
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July 30, 2010 | By Vanessa Martinez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Opponents of Arizona's immigration law rallied in Old City on Thursday to celebrate a federal judge's decision to put on hold controversial provisions of the law, which would have allowed police to check a person's immigration status while enforcing other statutes. "Immigration for some, quite frankly, has become the new segregation," Mayor Nutter told a rally at Welcome Park. "We need to figure out a real pathway to citizenship. We cannot have 50 different rules all across the United States of America.
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July 15, 2010 | By Amy Worden, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania joined eight other states on Wednesday in a legal brief supporting Arizona's immigration law, just days after the Obama administration sued to block its enforcement. "We believe the lawsuit filed by the federal government in this case undermines the constitutional authority of all our states," said Nils Hagen-Frederiksen, spokesman for Pennsylvania Attorney General Tom Corbett, who is also the Republican gubernatorial nominee. Corbett's move was news to Gov. Rendell, his spokesman said late Wednesday.
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July 15, 2010 | By Michael Matza, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Justice Department lawsuit against Arizona's new immigration law is an Obama administration "effort to shore up the Hispanic vote in future elections," Sen. John McCain (R., Ariz.) told 200 demonstrators rallying in favor of the law in South Philadelphia on Wednesday. Speaking by telephone to Dom Giordano of the "Big Talker 1210 AM" radio program broadcasting from the sidewalk at Geno's Steaks, McCain said "people in Arizona feel a little bit under assault" because opponents of the law have called for boycotts of the state.
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July 2, 2010 | By Jen Wulf, Inquirer Staff Writer
About 50 people gathered outside City Hall in Camden on Thursday to protest Arizona's new immigration law, one of a dozen rallies throughout New Jersey. "It's solidarity with [the people of] Arizona, but it's also against any copycat legislation that might pop up," said Jonathan Marrero, 27, of Cherry Hill. "One of the obvious potential flaws is racial profiling. Americans should be as afraid of S.B. 1070 [the Arizona law] as undocumented immigrants, because it infringes on Fourth Amendment rights.
NEWS
June 29, 2010 | By Arlen Specter
Solicitor General Elena Kagan has given the Senate Judiciary Committee a welcome opportunity to make this week's hearings on her Supreme Court nomination a substantive discussion of legal issues and judicial philosophy - and a departure from the charade they have become in recent years. Kagan has opened the door to such a discussion with her own words. In a 1995 Harvard Law Review article, she called modern confirmation hearings a "farce" notable for their "vacuity," in which "senators do not insist that any nominee reveal what kind of Justice she would make, by disclosing her views on important legal issues.
NEWS
June 8, 2010
RE KERITH Gabriel's "High and Inside" column of June 2: I have a plan for all the players on the Miami Heat, Phoenix Suns, Florida Marlins, New York Mets and anyone else who wants to jump on the bandwagon to oppose the Arizona law protecting our citizens and our border. These players make millions of dollars a year. My suggestion: Start a fund to support all of these people who've entered our country illegally, and who are demanding rights they're not entitled to. This would take a big burden off the taxpayers.
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