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The editorial page of the Los Angeles Times today addressed Escondido’s efforts to punish landlords who rent to illegal immigrants. The editorial comes in the wake of a judge’s decision that casts doubt on the legality of a similar ordinance in Pennsylvania.
The editorial calls Escondido’s efforts as “the latest in a series of ill-advised attempts nationwide to turn federal immigration law into a municipal law-enforcement issue.”
ARE YOU paying attention, Escondido? As Hazleton, Pa., is hopefully finding out, making criminals of landlords who rent to illegal immigrants is not only counterproductive as a practical matter, it’s probably illegal too.
Supporters of such measures say they’re necessary because federal officials have failed to act. On this they have an excellent point. However, the whole country – not just a city here and a county there – needs the federal government to enact reforms that will bring out of the shadows the workers and neighbors on whom the economy relies.