Skip to comments.Privacy rights upheld for illegal immigrants
Posted on 10/11/2005 12:20:25 PM PDT by Iron Matron
Judge denies media request for felons' names Elliot Jaspin - Staff Thursday, September 29, 2005
Washington --- The "privacy interests" of illegal immigrants who have been convicted of felonies in the United States would be compromised if the government released their names and other identifying information, a federal judge has ruled.
Citing court rulings and federal laws aimed at protecting individuals from unwarranted embarrassment or injury, Judge Richard Leon on Tuesday rejected a request from the Washington bureau of Cox Newspapers to release the names of illegal immigrants who are being held, or have been, in U.S. jails. These names are collected by the U.S. Justice Department as part of a program to pay state and local governments for some of the costs of incarcerating criminal immigrants.
Cox Newspapers filed suit against the Justice Department in 2003, seeking the list under the federal Freedom of Information Act after discovering that the federal government frequently neglects to deport illegal immigrants convicted of felonies after they have served their sentences.
In one case, an illegal immigrant from Mexico who had molested a 3-year-old girl in Georgia walked out of prison in 2001 after serving his sentence and disappeared because no one from the federal government was there to deport him.
In its court filings, Cox Newspapers argued that the public's right to know about convicted rapists, thieves and murderers who are in the country illegally outweighed any right to privacy they might have
Beyond asserting that criminal immigrants have a right to privacy, Leon did not explain why their privacy outweighed the public interest. "The privacy intrusion associated with disclosing this information," he wrote in his 11-page opinion, "clearly outweighs the public disclosure of the information."
Mark Tapscott, a FOIA expert with the Heritage Foundation, a conservative Washington think tank, called the decision "idiotic" and said he is confident it would be overturned on appeal. "This is a serious blow to the public's right to know," he said.
Jon Hart, the Washington attorney representing Cox Newspapers in the case, said the company has not yet decided whether it will
The larger question still looming over the entire mess is: Why didn't he?
Doctor Bush to the American people: "just take an aspirin and get some rest..trust me..you'll be O.K.
And some of his patients will believe..and be sorry for not having the surgery to remove the Cancer earlier...
Yep. I've got an uncomfortable feeling..but it seems this administration will not even suggest the proper curative.
We have become apathetic. The majority no longer understands right from wrong or what it REALLY means to make sacrifices for the Country.
The immigration issue may become the lynch pin issue for the Election of 2008.
This is getting curiouser and curiouser (as someone once said)...
It seems they are working on it as we post....
We simply won't let them. Too many liberal lawyers around, too many lawsuits, too many election losses, etc.
The "Gestapo" type thing took over 6 years (1933-1939) to get hold of the reins. It started by Brown-Shirts and other thugs intimidating the population which showed almost no resistance. We won't sit around and let it happen to us, Second Amendment, you know?
And the Gov. is busy working on the second ammendment now. I'm one who subscribes to "from my cold dead hands"..must it come to that?
Yes. The's the million dollar question.
Illegal Immigration directly affects the WOT..they are coming over our Southern Border. If George W. himself really supported the WOT..he'd close our borders to illegal entry..Hmmmm.
Maybe he needs our troops fighting "over there" not to keep it from these shores..but to bring it...Hmmm again.
He protects Iraq's borders and Troops move according to Iraqi Governments whims...yet will not protect our borders or listen to the American People..Hmmmm yet again.
In all the years I've been eligible to vote, I've never been a One issue voter..ever.
In 2008...Immigration will be the ONLY issue. It is that important to our sovereignty.
My opinion reflects yours. Now write Bush and tell HIM!
I forgot this point. The new Brown-Shirts COULD be activists Judges.
Are we showing REAL resistance?
LOL! You pinged my ping to my post!
GW appointed this black robed ba**ard
Rights? What rights do illegals have? I know, I know. They have more than I do.
Very hard to understand.
Virtually impossible to justify.
-The "privacy interests" of illegal immigrants-
"Privacy interests"??? Is Mexico going to issue a new card for that? I suppose they can use that to get a driver's license, open a bank account, and thumb their noses at US citizens. Oh, wait - they already did the last thing.
It defies justification.
Protect our borders and coastlines from all foreign invaders!
Support our Minutemen Patriots!
Be Ever Vigilant ~ Bump!
Yet, FOUR years after 9/11/01 our borders remain virtually open, and several million illegal aliens from God-knows-where have crossed over those borders since then. He has left America wide open, and he's forcing us to pay for his mess.
What will America be ten years from now? Just like his precious Mexico. If history books are still around by then, the historians will not be kind to G.W. Bush.
Did I forget anything?
"What will America be ten years from now? "
As is written in the New World Order manual. Part of the Tri-nation continent, the one that pays the bills and provides for the others ...... with a Hispanic based multicultured population unless we white folks decide that we are going to have six kids in every family too.
formally = formerly
George W. Bush's globalist America. "Can't we just all get along?" I don't think so! The takers are already outnumbering the givers.
Truly a work of art by a famed Freeper who saw the light -- Prime Choice
It's a beautiful thing! I hope the RNC gets a million of them.
BRAVO to the artmaster Prime Choice! I'll print and send MANY of them.
I certainly hope not.
Laws must be changed. The Brown-Robes should be elected for a given term and be subjected to recalls.
In a case like this, a Brown-Robe will know that he/she will be kicked out in short order and possibly face a civil suit from the victim's family. That will keep them in line.
Activist judges meet activist citizens!
Two invented "rights" in conflict.
Someone want to show me where in the Constitution it says "the public has a RIGHT to know"?
Also, where does it say "individuals have a RIGHT to privacy"?
I have my copy of the Constitution here and of course I can use the web to search it.
People take it on faith that both of these "rights" exist. What is sad is jurists think so also.
Immigration should be ONE of our issues in'08. You'll get lib candidates promising to build a wall backed by tanks, IOW, they'll promise anything to knock us out and win the elections.
They will never deliver, surprise..surprise, coupled with a sharp increase in Illegal immigration and Brown-Robes.
I'm disappointed in the Administrations response to illegal immigration or the lack thereof, however, I'll never help the libs take over. A point worth considering by our base.
I'll never vote for a liberal..they are all talk and no "do".
The thing about Bush is..he has never promised anything about the border..he speaks fluent Spanish, which tells me something right there. Bush did not lie about anything to get elected, it is why I voted for the man.
I part with the GOP as a whole..but not individual candidates who I see actively trying to do something about the porous borders.
After 911, National Security is THE Issue..we can no longer afford to believe that fighting overseas alone will keep terrorists off of these shores..