Monday, August 08, 2005

Trespassing Immigrants?

Frustrated with lax Federal attention to illegal immigration, New Hampshire police departments have found a way to make illegal immigration fall under local jurisdiction. In the last few months, Police departments have started charging illegals with trespassing. They claim that if the immigrants are not legally in the United States then they don't have the right to be in New Hampshire and are, therefore, trespassing.

Lawyers for the immigrants claim that this "'leads to an illogical, unjust and absurd result' making illegal immigrants criminally liable in any part of New Hampshire." I don't quite follow the lawyers' argument seeing as by even being in the US they are criminally liable.

The trespassing law states that someone is trespassing when he "knows that he is not licensed or privileged to do so, he enters or remains in any place." So what next, the lawyers are going to say that the defendants made a wrong turn in Chihuahua and ended up in New England by accident?


At 12:44 PM, Blogger Nathan said...

This appears to be yet another symptom that Americans want something to be done about illegal immigration, and the government continues to do nothing.

I bet we'll see increasing number of groups like the Minutemen, and silly things like Tresspassing citations, until the government gets up off its butt and does something about it.


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