Judge Tosses Hazleton Law Discriminating Against the Undocumented
A Pennsylvania judge has declared unconstitutional the Hazleton law banning the undocumented from living or working within city limits.
The decision, by Judge James M. Munley of Federal District Court, presents a new roadblock to local officials who want to take action against illegal immigration after broad federal legislation to address the issue failed in the Senate last month.
Judge Munley ruled that ordinances first passed last July by the Hazleton City Council interfered with federal law, which regulates immigration, and violated the due process rights of employers, landlords and illegal immigrants.
Many cities since either adopted the Hazleton law or declared their intention to do if it was upheld.
The judge emphasized that illegal immigrants had the same civil rights as legal immigrants and citizens.
“Hazleton, in its zeal to control the presence of a group deemed undesirable, violated the rights of such people, as well as others within the community,” he wrote.
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