bye laws

I wasn’t sure if it was a typo or not, but it seems an apt term for the goings-on in Hazelton, PA, Waukegan, IL, the state of Oklahoma, and other localities that want to enforce immigration laws locally. The BBC reports

We travelled to the sleepy former mining town of Hazleton because it too has been thrust into the heart of the immigration debate.

In 2006, tired of what he saw as the lack of action on the part of the federal authorities in dealing with the issue of illegal immigration, the town’s mayor, Lou Barletta, decided to take matters into his own, and the town’s, hands.

He proposed – and the town council approved – a bye-law giving the local authorities extraordinary powers to crack down on illegal immigrants and those offering them employment and housing.

The reporter/commentator, Emilio San Pedro, also spent time in Chicago where he met Flor Crisostomo, who remains in the Aldalberto United Methodist Church on Division Street, resisting deportation by taking sanctuary in a church (a concept that has only moral, not sturdy legal standing in the US). Though San Pedro calls her “an immigration rights activist of the highest order,” her story has gone virtually unreported by the US mainstream press.


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