November 5, 2007
Local Governments and Immigration
In recnet months, several local governments have tried to crack down on undocumented immigrants living within their boundaries. A recent important decision relates to the ordinances adopted by Hazelton, PA, stuck down in Loranzo v. City of Hazelton, PA. Hazelton had required those living in apartments to secure residency permits (upon a showing that they were citizens or lawful residents), prohibited owners of dwelling units from knowingly renting to illegal immigrants, and barred business entities from hiring or continuing to employ unlawful workers. The court found that plaintiffs had standing, and rested its decision on preemption, 42 USC 1981, and constitutional grounds.
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