Drudge is reporting that U.S. District Court Judge James Munley has overturned Hazleton, Pennsylvania’s ordinance which imposed local controls on those who shelter or employ illegal aliens. More as this develops…
UPDATE: From breitbart/AP:
ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) - A federal judge on Thursday struck down the city of Hazleton’s tough immigration law, which has been emulated by cities around the country.
The Illegal Immigration Relief Act sought to impose fines on landlords who rent to illegal immigrants and deny business permits to companies that give them jobs. Another measure would have required tenants to register with City Hall and pay for a rental permit.
It was pushed by Hazleton’s Republican mayor last summer after two illegal immigrants were charged in a fatal shooting.
Hispanic groups and illegal immigrants sued in federal court to overturn the measures, saying they usurp the federal government’s exclusive power to regulate immigration, deprive residents of their constitutional rights to equal protection and due process, and violate state and federal housing law.
UPDATE 2: The full decision is available here.
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