Supreme Court Orders Review of Hazleton’s Immigration Reforms
By Lee Ross
Published June 06, 2011
Two weeks after issuing a major ruling affirming a state’s right to pass legislation cracking down on employers who knowingly hire illegal workers, the Supreme Court has voided a lower court ruling blocking a city ordinance that does the same and also targets landlords who willfully house illegals.
Monday’s decision will undoubtedly please those who’ve been critical of the federal government’s enforcement efforts.
The Third Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals stopped city leaders in Hazleton, Pa. from enforcing local laws prohibiting employers from knowingly hiring illegal aliens. The city also sought to prevent landlords from harboring illegals through apartment rentals. It was the city’s attempt to stop a population explosion attributed to an influx of illegal workers who do not pay local income taxes.”