Friday, July 19, 2024

Hazelton Anti-immigration Laws Revisited

A pair of anti-immigration laws in the town of Hazelton, Penn., declared unconstitutional by a federal appeals court last year, are getting a second chance.

The U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals reversed its ruling from last September that declared the laws unconstitutional because they conflicted with federal immigration laws.  The court’s decision stems from a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that upheld a similar anti-immigration law in Arizona.

Both sides will now be allowed to make new arguments.  Hazleton Mayor Joe Yannuzzi is confident that the city will prevail in its case.

“I’m glad it’s being reviewed. We were convinced from the beginning that it was constitutional,” Yannuzzi said.

Last year, La Plaza reported that the laws would require tenants to prove they were citizens or lawful residents, register with the city and pay for a rental permit in order to receive an occupancy permit. Landlords could also be fined if they rent to undocumented immigrants.  Companies that hire undocumented immigrants could also face penalties.

New America Media