Court Rejects a City’s Efforts to Restrict Immigrants

A federal appeals court on Thursday upheld a lower-court ruling striking down ordinances adopted by the City of Hazleton, Pa., that banned illegal immigrants from renting housing or being employed there.

"It is of course not our job to sit in judgment of whether state and local frustration about federal immigration policy is warranted," the judges wrote. "We are, however, required to intervene when states and localities directly undermine the federal objectives embodied in statutes enacted by Congress."

Hazleton "has attempted to usurp authority the Constitution has placed beyond the vicissitudes of local governments," the panel of three judges concluded unanimously.

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