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Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy

HAZLETON, PA FINDS IGNORING CONSTITUTION VERY, VERY EXPENSIVE

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Hazleton, Pennsylvania, one of the first towns in the country to enact an anti-immigrant ordinance, has already had its law thrown out by the courts. Now the taxpayers of Hazleton are going to be stuck paying the plaintiffs' bill for the litigation - potentially $2.4 million. Hazleton's insurance carrier told the town it was not going to cover the claim and the courts have now sided with the insurance company. A lot of politicians around the country are pushing laws like Hazleton's or Arizona's SB1070 even though they know there's a good chance the law will be rejected by the courts. Why? Because they score political points at a seeming low cost to taxpayers. Perhaps the Hazleton case will be a reminder that irresponsible lawmaking can come with a hefty price tag.

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  1. LFWF's Avatar
    http://www.slate.com/id/2274287?wpisrc=xs_wp_0001

    Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor, Your Huddled Entrepreneurs ...
    Why the U.S. needs a new visa for foreigners who want to start businesses here.
    By Jill Priluck
  2. Another Voice's Avatar
    I thought the republicans were all worried about the taxpayers and government spending.... was that another channel?
  3. George Chell's Avatar
    Perhaps the good people of Hazelaton can ask Rep Lou Bartletta to contribute part of his salary to defray the costs! After all he started it!
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