Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Columbia County Ordinance Ruled Unenforceable

In a valiant effort to quell the illegal invasion, the Oregon Columbia County tried to implement an ordinance which states any employer caught hiring illegal immigrants would be fined or shut down.

However, Columbia County Circuit Judge Ted Grove has declared the measure and ordinance unenforceable and moot because of conflicts with the federal law and various state authorities.
In a letter dated today to attorneys in the case, Grove stated that these provisions violate a section of the Federal Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1983, which states, "The provisions of this section preempt any state or local law imposing civil or criminal sanctions (other than through licensing or similar laws) upon those who employ or recruit or refer for a fee employment, unauthorized aliens."

Well, back to the drawing board.

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