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The Next Big Civil Right: Living On The Street

By Betsy McCaughey

America’s homeless are lawyering up to fight for a “right” to live on the street, your neighborhood and personal safety be damned.

From Fort Lauderdale to Denver to Los Angeles, cities are struggling with a surge in people living in cardboard boxes and doorways. Local lawmakers are trying to ban “camping out” in public spaces and ordering police to clear the fetid encampments.

But lawyers for the homeless are pushing back. They’re demanding that “sleeping rough” be legally protected. In Denver, where living on the street is outlawed, lawyers for the homeless want the law changed to guarantee vagrants “the right to use and move freely in public spaces without discrimination.”

Outrageously, the Obama administration is siding with the vagrants against local governments. This month, Obama’s Justice Department is trying to block Boise, Idaho’s ban on sleeping in public spaces. Cities around the country are worried that their own laws may be next.

Not New York. There, lawyers for the homeless are already running City Hall under neo-Marxist Mayor Bill de Blasio. Complaint calls about the homeless are up nearly 60% since he took office. The mayor dismisses that as “hysteria,” insisting the majority of homeless “don’t bother anybody.”

The DOJ’s intervention is a warning to cities everywhere. Lawyer for the homeless Carol Sobel warns: “They need to go back to the drawing board and figure out how to respond to the causes of homelessness and not punish people for their status.”

That’s the wacky ideology that cities will be battling in lawsuit after lawsuit — that living on the street is acceptable and deserves legal protection. Never mind the violent crimes committed by mentally ill street dwellers.     (my emphasis)

READ all of Betsy McCaughey’s comments from Investor’s Business Daily here [1].

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