Court Rules Against Hazleton Immigration Law

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Hazleton, Pa. has lost another round in federal court as they try to enforce ordinances that crack down on illegal immigrants.

The U.S. Court of Appeals has reaffirmed that the town’s law is unconstitutional because it preempts the federal government’s jurisdiction over immigration. The law, initially blocked in 2007 by a district court, would punish landlords for renting to illegal immigrants and penalize the employers who hire them.

The case reached the U.S. Supreme Court after the Third Circuit in Philadelphia, but was originally ruled against in 2010. In 2011, the Supreme Court ordered the Third Circuit to review Hazleton’s ordinances again after the Supreme Court upheld a similar – but narrower – law in Arizona.


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