The U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear appeals of rulings that declared two of the nation’s most far-reaching anti-immigrant statutes unconstitutional. The towns of Farmer’s Branch, Texas, and Hazleton, Pa., had adopted ordinances punishing landlords who rented to “illegal immigrants.” The Hazleton ordinance also targeted employers that hired illegals.
In both cases, local landlords and business owners were joined by the American Civil Liberties Union to oppose the laws. Courts consistently sided with the ACLU against the towns. With the Supreme Court’s refusal to hear the appeals, the ordinances will never go into effect.
Note: While employers must obtain the proper I-9 documentation at hiring time, the courts have consistently ruled that local ordinances imposing additional penalties on employers are unconstitutional.