The small town of Hazelton, PA attempted to pass legislation earlier this year to penalize businesses that support illegal immigration. With broad support from the city counsel, Mayor Barletta designed the bill in a similar fashion to other attempts in towns across America: steep fines against businesses who are found employing illegal immigrants and against landlords who rent to them. However, the federal government again stepped in and claimed pre-eminence in the issue, declaring Hazelton’s legislation to be unconstitutional. For now, the federal government is calling the shots on issues of illegal immigration.
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