Second Look at PA City Immigration Rules Ordered

A federal appeals court was directed by the Supreme Court on Monday to reconsider its ruling that Hazleton, Pa. may not enforce its crackdown on illegal immigrants.

The Supreme Court, drawing on its recent decision that upheld an Arizona employer-sanctions law (see Gavel Grab), threw out an earlier ruling by the Third U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, the Associated Press reported.

The appeals court had said Hazleton could not enforce regulations that would fine landlords if they rent to illegal immigrants and that would deny permits to businesses that employ illegal immigrants.

“It is … not our job to sit in judgment of whether state and local frustration about federal immigration policy is warranted. We are, however, required to intervene when states and localities directly undermine the federal objectives embodied in statutes enacted by Congress,” wrote Chief Judge Theodore McKee of the Third U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals (see Gavel Grab).

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