Kris Kobach, an anti-immigration lawyer with ties to hate groups like the Federation for American Immigration Reform, is one such example.
He lost an early round in a case defending Hazleton, Pa., which passed an ordinance that sought to punish employers who give illegal immigrants jobs as well as landlords who rent to them. In a suit led by the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund, the Federal District Court in Scranton, Pa., struck down the ordinance, and the city is awaiting a decision from the court of appeals.Several groups, such as the National Council of La Raza and the Mexican American Legal Defense Fund are offering resources to counter this disturbing trend. Still, it remains incumbent upon the civil rights community as a whole to loudly and consistently challenge anti-immigrant policies in each and every locale they present themselves. Protecting American values means that this country must continue to strive for justice for all people, in all communities. Have those that support immigrant discrimination forgotten the very basis upon which this country was founded? Let's hope this nation does not abandon its core principles, principles instituted by immigrants in order to to ensure this country remain the bastion of justice that it was intended to be.
But when Mr. Kobach defended a similar ordinance in Valley Park, Mo., on the outskirts of St. Louis, a Federal District Court upheld it, after major revisions. It survived an appeal last month.
Lawyer Leads an Immigration Fight [The New York Times]