Ozarks Minutemen Lose Battle on Immigration

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A federal judge last week issued a preliminary injunction blocking a Springfield ordinance that would have required employers to verify the nationality of all potential employees.

Earlier this year a group calling itself the Ozarks Minutemen presented the Springfield City Council with enough signatures to place the issue on the ballot. In February voters in Springfield narrowly approved the ordinance that would require businesses to use the E-Verify system to screen employees. The law was to go in to effect on June 4.

But in his ruling last week U.S. District Judge Richard Dorr agreed with three Springfield businesses that sued the city over the constitutionality of the ordinance.

As structured, the city's Finance Department -- and not the Municipal Courts -- was to issue penalties against the businesses that violate the law. Plaintiffs in the lawsuit argued that such a structure violated their right to due process, as it limited their ability to legally defend themselves.

Many Springfield leaders praised the judge's decision. They had questioned the constitutionality of the law as presented by the Ozarks Minutemen. But instead of amending the bill to make it legally sound, they instead presented it "as is" to voters with the city manager quoted as saying he was "praying that we'll be sued" over the ordinance.

The Ozarks Minutemen, meanwhile, are calling on city officials to defend the law in court. "This is not the city's ordinance, this is the people's ordinance," Minutemen spokesman Jerry Wilson told the Associated Press.

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Gay Pride, Black Pride, Latino Pride, Jewish Pride - all acceptable, normal and honorable groups.

White Pride - completely unacceptable, call the State Police. Any White person displaying or showing pride in their race needs to be locked up because they have poor dental hygiene which lead them to live in a trailer, sodomize their sister and give negros and jews are really hard time.

handsome jimmy
handsome jimmy

The Ozark Minutemen?  What, are those sneaky British troops planning a stealth attack on Branson this summer or something?

Monsta Ward
Monsta Ward

Nope, just a bunch of racist hicks pissed off at "foreigners".


 Yep, it's racist to defend your country. Just like the Iraqis and Afghans are terrorists for defending theirs. It must have taken a lot of work to become such a major shitbag like you.

Mike N.
Mike N.

I thought they were the group that sang "Jackie Blue".

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