Thursday, August 11, 2005

Legal challenge to Arizona law on illegals dismissed

The Washington Times

A lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Proposition 200 in Arizona, which prohibits illegal aliens from receiving some public benefits, has been dismissed by a three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco.
The suit, brought by the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) and Friendly House, a Phoenix-based nonprofit social service agency, was dismissed by U.S. Appeals Court Judges Alfred T. Goodwin, Johnnie B. Rawlinson and Thomas M. Reavley, sitting as a visiting judge. The panel said the plaintiffs had not shown they had been injured by implementation of the new law.

Proposition 200, which passed in the November elections with 56 percent of the vote, requires state and local government employees to verify the immigration status of those seeking public benefits they are prohibited from receiving under federal law and to report to federal immigration authorities any applicant who is in violation of U.S. immigration law.

It also subjects state employees to criminal charges if they fail to report illegals, and requires people to show proof of citizenship when registering to vote. this is a good start

MALDEF and Friendly House attorneys had sought to block implementation of the initiative, arguing in federal court in Arizona that unless the new law was overturned, it would "jeopardize the health and well-being of families and children who depend on public benefits for their basic necessities."
and populating the country is with felons is not?

In also seeking a restraining order, MALDEF attorney Hector O. Villagra said the proposition would "cut off all state services, including education, medical care and police and fire services, to all individuals who are unable to immediately provide adequate proof of their U.S. citizenship or residence." I have to show proof of residency when I apply for a job... employers are required to fill out the immigration I-9 form

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