In case you missed it, here's the Times-Picayune's latest editorial on the immigration legislation in the Lousiana State Legislature. The first few paragraphs of the editorial go thus:
Anyone familiar with immigration law was not surprised when a Texas federal judge on Wednesday threw out a Dallas suburb's ban on rentals to illegal immigrants, deeming the law unconstitutional and unenforceable.Read the whole editorial. The Times-Picayune's editorial is entitled: "Wasting time." I couldn't agree more. And I'd even go so far as to add: "And wasting taxpayers' money, too."
Yet the Louisiana Legislature is considering a bill, by Mandeville Rep. Tim Burns, that replicates the Dallas mistake by banning property rentals to illegal residents.
State lawmakers ought to stop wasting time on this and other ill-conceived immigration proposals. The bills are aimed at illegal immigrants but would create myriad problems for legal immigrants and U.S. citizens as well. And any legal defense of such laws would likely be futile and come at taxpayers' expense.