Court tosses ruling against Hazleton’s illegal immigration law

By Kent Jackson | Citizens Voice

Hazleton won a second chance to defend its immigration law today, courtesy of the U.S. Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court ordered the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Philadelphia to reconsider Hazleton’s law, which was struck down in 2008.

“It’s a do-over in the Third Circuit,” Kris Kobach, the attorney for Hazleton, said. “We re-brief it, re-argue it and have a helpful Supreme Court decision in our hip pocket.”

Kobach referred to a decision on May 26 in a case about an Arizona law. In the Arizona case, the Supreme Court upheld a law revoking the business licenses for companies that knowingly hire illegal immigrants.

Hazleton’s law contains nearly the same employment provisions. The Arizona decision, Kobach said, “put Hazleton on very strong ground” for the employment provision.

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