Immigration Front And Center In Hazleton Pa Again

08.30.13 | Sarah Harnisch

Officials in Hazleton in northeastern Pennsylvania will again look to the nation's highest court to bring closure to a seven-year legal battle over the city's never-enforced immigration ordinances. Mayor Joseph Yannuzzi confirmed that the city will appeal a late-July ruling from the Third Circuit Court of Appeals that declared Hazleton's Illegal Immigration Relief Act and rental registration ordinances unconstitutional. The laws sought to prohibit landlords from renting to illegal immigrants and fine businesses that hire them. the Kansas Secretary of State who serves as Hazleton's defense attorney in its ongoing court battle, believes there's a "better than average" chance for the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the  case.