Federal Judge Sets Hearing Date for Orly Taitz's Border-Crosser "Emergency Request:" Update
See Update No. 2 on Page 2 about a federal judge in Texas setting a hearing date for Orly Taitz's "emergency request" aimed at border crossers. Update No. 1 is on the Department of Justice's response to Taitz.
Orly "I Get Allergic Smelling Hay" Taitz among her peeps.
Photo by Christopher Victorio/OC Weekly
ORIGINAL POST, AUG. 11, 9:05 A.M.: Texas likes to brag about wooing businesses away from California, so you're welcome, Rick Perry, for the Lone Star State's latest plucking from the Golden State: an Orly Taitz lawsuit.
Yes, as the Valley Morning Star reports, the Rancho Santa Margarita-based lawyer/dentist/real estate saleslady/cartoon character has filed suit in a Brownsville federal court challenging the transfer of undocumented immigrants from South Texas to California and other states.
"This is nothing short of an orchestrated invasion, perpetrated to supply cheap labor for a group of billionaires and flagrantly rob American citizens of their jobs, wages and benefits and expose them to epidemics of infectious diseases and crime," claims the complaint.
The Queen of the Birfers alleges these folks will spread epidemics of scabies, tuberculosis, measles, whooping cough, swine flu, dengue fever, Ebola virus and lice in her complaint that was filed July 14.
"As if this weren't bad enough, the invasion is also supplying the nation's most dangerous street gangs with new soldiers," the suit further charges, claiming that gangs are on a "recruiting frenzy" at facilities housing the undocumented immigrants.
The "dumping" of undocumented immigrants poses threats to the economy and national security, maintains the complaint, which names as defendants her usual target President Barack Obama as well as the Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell and the U.S. Border Patrol, Rio Grande Valley Sector.
Presiding U.S. District Court Judge Andrew S. Hanen ordered the defendants to respond to Taitz's request by today to either immediately deport the immigrants or confine them to a two-month quarantine in enclosed temporary or permanent federal facilities.
The defendants were also directed by Hanen to notify the California Attorney General's office about the lawsuit and deadlines so that it may take part in the latest Or-lunacy if desired.
Actually, if a settlement could be worked out where the government will comply with Ms. Taitz's wishes in exchange for her permanent residency in Texas, it might be worth it.
UPDATE NO. 1, AUG. 12, 12:15 P.M.: Orly Taitz "is unhappy with policy decisions that are firmly within the secretary's discretion and thus asks this court to replace the agency's expertise in enforcing and administering the nation's immigration laws with her own enforcement priorities," writes Colin A. Kisor, acting director of the U.S. Justice Department's Civil Division, in the government's response to the Rancho Santa Margarita performance artist's lawsuit.
"This is precisely the sort of 'broad programmatic attack' that the Supreme Court has deemed inappropriate, especially where 'the manner (of agency) action is left to the agency's discretion,'" Kisor added in the response filed Friday.
UPDATE NO. 2, AUG. 18, 6:30 A.M.: Believe it or not, a federal judge in Texas is entertaining Orly Taitz's "emergency request," setting an Aug. 27 hearing date on the matter.
However, as the Valley Morning Star reports, U.S. District Court Judge Andrew S. Hanen wants Taitz and the government's lawyers to be prepared to tackle: whether the Rancho Santa Margarita lawyer/dentist/real estate saleslady has standing to bring the complaint; the government's past and current efforts to secure the border; how specifically border crossers from Mexico and Central America have been rounded up this year; and how minors or people with medical issues have been handled.
So, uh, stay tuned ...
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