Cross posted by InMuscatine
A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit Friday that challenged a suburban Washington county’s recent effort to clamp down on illegal immigrants, one of the toughest such crackdowns in the country.
U.S. District Judge James Cacheris said the plaintiffs lacked legal standing to challenge measures passed earlier this year by the Prince William County Board of Supervisors.
One of resolution requires police to check the immigration status of people they detain if they have reason to suspect the person is an illegal immigrant. A second seeks to deny numerous county services to illegal immigrants, including business licenses, drug counseling, housing assistance and some services for the elderly.
County attorneys successfully argued that the plaintiffs could not show they had suffered from the measures, which have not yet been fully implemented.
Board of Supervisors Chairman Corey Stewart, a leading supporter of the crackdown, said he believes the county’s plan may be replicated across the country now that it has withstood a legal challenge.
“Some of the best litigators in the country came up with the best arguments they could come up with … and at the end of the day it was tossed out by a judge,” Stewart said.
We can only hope this will put pressure on State and Federal officials to start taking the issue seriously.
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