The Hazelton ruling on illegal immigration reform seems like it will have broad and far-reaching consequences. Dozens of small municipalities across the country have passed similar reforms in recent months, but the federal ruling firmly establishes that it is exclusively the prerogative of the federal government to regulate illegal immigration. Laws such as Hazelton’s, which sought to impose strict fines on landlords who rent to illegal immigrants and employers who hire them, are unconstitutional, says U.S. District Judge James Munley. The ruling is seen as an overwhelming victory for advocates of illegal immigrants’ rights.
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