Posted by Mark Smith on May 30, 1999 at 00:27:53:
This federal appeals court decision, briefly mentioned in the New York Law Journal, June 1, 1999, could make illegal aliens reluctant to report housing code violations, rent overcharges, etc., for fear of being reported to immigration authorities:
The Second Circuit has upheld a federal law that invalidated a New York City Executive Order barring City employees from turning in illegal aliens to federal immigration authorities. In affirming a lower court ruling that found the federal law constitutional, the three-judge panel rejected the City's argument that it had the right to forbid its officials from voluntarily cooperating with certain federal laws. The panel also rebuffed the City's contention that the federal government should not be allowed to interfere with the use of information acquired by City officials in their official capacity.
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