The US Supreme Court voided a lower court ruling that blocked a Hazleton, Pennsylvania, city ordinance that would have penalized both the landlords who knowingly rent to illegal immigrants and the employers who hire them.
The 2006 city ordinance was quickly challenged and blocked by a federal district court, a ruling that was then affirmed by the US Court of Appeals in 2010. The appeals court said the law was unconstitutional because it overstepped on federal jurisdiction to regulate immigration.
However, lawyers for the city argued that the city regulations would not impede federal law, saying the city made every effort to avoid a conflict.
“Hazleton’s ordinances match the terms and classifications of federal immigration law and require officials to defer to federal determinations of aliens’ immigration statuses,” Kris Kobach of the Immigration Reform Law Institute told the court, according to Fox News.
The case was sent back to the Third Circuit court for further review.
States across the nation have been proposing immigration reform bills this year. The Alabama legislature recently passed an extensive bill that, similar to Hazleton, would penalize landlords who rent to illegal aliens as well as employers.