State and Local Round-up

A couple of these are repeats, but they are all worth checking out... KY: LEXINGTON HERALD LEADER: Lawsuit challenges immigrant services  A lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court seeks to stop the city of Lexington and some other government agencies from providing some benefits to undocumented immigrants. It argues that documented residents are suffering in the form of higher taxes and fewer services.

HI: HONOLULU STAR BULLETIN: 43 caught in raid Federal agents arrested 43 immigrants Sunday in a raid at a Waipahu apartment complex, immigration officials said yesterday. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents executed nine search warrants at the Oasis Apartments and arrested the 43 men, all Mexican citizens, who were employed by the Farms, an agricultural business, officials said.

OR: SALEM-NEWS: Immigration Study Released by Coalition for a Working Oregon  The Coalition for a Working Oregon released a study on July 9th predicting a considerable loss of economic output if the federal "No-Match" rule is implemented.

PA: WASHINGTON POST: Hazleton mayor named Pa.'s Mayor of the Year The mayor of Hazleton, Pa., who drew nationwide attention for his crackdown on illegal immigration, has been named the state's Mayor of the Year. Pennsylvania State Mayors Association gave Lou Barletta the honor Saturday. Group officials cited his illegal immigrant crackdown and his hands-on method of combating crime.

RI: ASSOCIATED PRESS: Members of R.I. panel question need for governor's illegal immigration crackdown order  Two members of a panel created by Rhode Island Gov. Don Carcieri to advise him on his executive order cracking down on illegal immigrants questioned whether his order was necessary at all during their first meeting.  The Republican governor created the 26-person group in April after prominent members of the clergy criticized the executive order he signed in March. It requires state police and prison officials to identify illegal immigrants for possible deportation.

NEW YORK TIMES: Immigrant, Pregnant, Is Jailed Under Pact It started when Juana Villegas, an illegal immigrant from Mexico who was nine months pregnant, was pulled over by a police officer in a Nashville suburb for a routine traffic violation.By the time Mrs. Villegas was released from the county jail six days later, she had gone through labor with a sheriff's officer standing guard in her hospital room, where one of her feet was cuffed to the bed most of the time. County officers barred her from seeing or speaking with her husband.