Thursday, February 27, 2014
Supreme Court to Review the Constitutionality of Hazleton, Farmer's Branch Immigration Enforcement Ordinances?
The cert petitions in the Hazleton and Farmer's Branch local immigration enforcement ordinance cases are set for conference of the Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court tomorrow. This is the second conference for each petition.
Both ordinances, which were found to be preempted in large part by the lower courts (with cert granted and the lower court decision vacated and remanded in the Hazleton case remanded after the Supreme Court's decision in Chamber of Commerce v. Whiting (2011)), include controversial provisions, including bans on the rental of properties to undocumented immigrants. The Hazleton ordinance also bars the local employment of undocumented immigrants.