The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has blocked an illegal immigration enforcement law passed by Hazleton, Pa. that would have prevented companies that hire illegal aliens from obtaining a business license and fined landlords who rent to illegal aliens. The ordinance was passed four years ago and inspired similar legislation across the country.
"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.
Hazleton Mayor Lou Barletta had pushed for the law in 2006 after two illegal aliens were charged with a fatal shooting. He is now running for Congress to represent Pennsylvania's 11th Congressional District. He's completed the NumbersUSA immigration-reduction survey and has been identified as a "True Reformer."
The Hazleton ordinance was first struck down by a federal judge in 2007 who ruled the law unconstitutional. The ordinance has never been enforced as a result.
Updated: Thu, Sep 9th 2010 @ 12:41pm EDT