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Top US court rejects PA town's appeal in illegal immigrant law case

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Yesterday, the United States Supreme Court refused to hear the City of Hazleton's appeal of a lower court decision that held a city ordinance unconstitutional.

Believing that the federal government did not do enough to enforce immigration laws, Hazleton had enacted an ordinance that prevented landlords from renting to illegal immigrants. Violators of the law could be subjected to fines, penalties, and possible imprisonment.

On July 26, 2013, a federal court of appeals which sits in Philadelphia held that the ordinance unconstitutionally preempted federal immigration law.

On March 3, 2014, the United States Supreme Court refused to hear the appeal, effectively allowing the lower court opinion to stand.