The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has blocked an illegal immigration enforcement law passed by Hazleton, Pa. that would have prevented companies that hire illegal aliens from obtaining a business license and fined landlords who rent to illegal aliens. The ordinance was passed four years ago and inspired similar legislation across the country.Theodore McKee (see picture) is a former football player, nominated by President Clinton in 1994.
"It is ... not our job to sit in judgment of whether state and local frustration about federal immigration policy is warranted. We are, however, required to intervene when states and localities directly undermine the federal objectives embodied in statutes enacted by Congress," wrote Chief Judge Theodore McKee.
Of course, we're not suppose to notice political and personal details about judges. But they're not supposed to legislate either. One of VDARE.COM's lawyer readers emails:
It's clearly wrong, like many other federal court decisions, some of which have been overturned by the Roberts court. The town can either request a rehearing en banc before the entire 3rd Circuit, file a certiori petition to the Supreme Court, or fold. I would recommend filing a cert petition to get the case to the Supreme Court as quickly as possible. An advantage of appealing en banc is the possibility that one judge on the 3d Circuit might write a dissenting opinion that would be more persuasive to the Supreme CourtHazleton Mayor Lou Barletta, who is running for Congress, says the town will appeal all the way to the Supreme Court.
But it's been four years since Hazleton passed its law. And another lawyer reader, with experience litigating an immigration case, writes:
I have learned that the federal courts are just as corrupt as the Congress is. The judges just do what they want. "Constitutional Law" has become pure rationalization. When you put what happened to us, what's going on with gay marriage in California, Arizona and others together you can see that the courts are running amok.It's just a matter of time before Americans realize that institutions like their courts, designed for a culturally coherent population, cannot be stretched to accommodate the empire that America has become—and that the only answer to judicial legislation is impeachment.