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July 28, 2007

U.S. court throws out city's illegal immigration law

By Jon Hurdle

"HAZLETON, Pennsylvania (Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Thursday struck down as unconstitutional a local law designed to crack down on illegal immigration, dealing a blow to similar laws passed by dozens of towns and cities across the country.

U.S. District Judge James Munley said the city of Hazleton, 100 miles north of Philadelphia, was barred from implementing a law that would penalize businesses that hire illegal immigrants and fine landlords who rent rooms to them.

The law also sought to establish English as the Pennsylvania town's official language.

"Federal law prohibits Hazleton from enforcing any of the provisions of its ordinances," Munley wrote in a 206-page opinion following a federal trial in which civil rights groups challenged Hazleton's law."...

at http://www.reuters.com/article/domesticNews/idUSN2622242120070726

Posted by VisaLawyer at July 28, 2007 06:23 PM

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