Judicial Watch Files Brief in Support of
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WASHINGTON, Mar. 7 /Standard Newswire/ -- Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, announced today that it has filed an amicus curiae brief with the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania in support of two ordinances enforced by the City of Hazleton relating to the employment and harboring of illegal aliens (Pedro Lozano, et al., v. City of Hazleton, Cause No. 3:06cv1586). The plaintiffs, who include unnamed illegal immigrants, are represented by the American Civil Liberties Union and the Puerto Rican Defense Fund, among others.
"...The City of Hazleton has found it both reasonable and necessary for the public health and welfare to exercise its police power by enacting [these ordinances]," Judicial Watch noted in its brief, filed on Monday, March 5. "The subject matter regulated – the employment and harboring of persons 'not entitled to lawful residence in the United States, let alone to work here – is certainly within the mainstream of [the City of Hazleton's] police power...'"
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Judicial Watch argues in its brief that the City of
"The purpose of federal immigration laws is to keep illegal aliens from coming here and staying here. This includes prohibiting businesses and individuals from illegally employing and harboring illegal aliens," said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. "The ordinances enacted by the City of
Judicial Watch's amicus curiae brief is part of a larger campaign to help enforce our nation's immigration laws. For example, Judicial Watch has ongoing litigation against taxpayer-funded day laborer sites that illegally assist illegal aliens with finding employment, and so-called "sanctuary policies" that prohibit police officers from enforcing federal immigration laws and cooperating with federal immigration authorities.
To review Judicial Watch's amicus curiae brief and other documents related to its campaign to enforce immigration laws, please visit JW's Internet site, www.judicialwatch.org.