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US appeals court reaffirms ban on Hazleton immigrant laws

City wants to deny permits to businesses that hire people in US illegally

Fed appeals court reaffirms Hazleton immigration decision

PHILADELPHIA - A federal appeals court is reaffirming its decision barring Hazleton from enforcing a crackdown on immigrants who are in the United States illegally.

The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia issued the decision Friday.

The ordinances would deny permits to businesses that hire people in the country illegally and fine landlords who rent to them. They were originally advocated by Lou Barletta, the city's former mayor who now represents the area in Congress.

Mayor Joseph Yannuzzi said he supports the ordinances and that the city will continue to solicit private donations to finance the court fight.

"It is a shame that so much of the city government's time and resources have been wasted on these fundamentally flawed laws, and we hope that the city will finally accept the courts' judgment and move on," said Omar Jadwat, supervising attorney with the ACLU Immigrants' Rights Project.

The U.S. Supreme Court considered the Hazleton case and sent it back to the lower court for reconsideration in 2012.


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