Court reaffirms ban on city's immigrant laws

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Hazleton's intention to crack down on immigrants who are in the country illegally lost another round Friday in its court battle to implement restrictions that inspired similar measures across the country.

The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia reaffirmed its 2010 decision that Hazleton's ordinances are pre-empted by federal immigration law.

Approved in 2006, the never-enforced ordinances would deny permits to businesses that hire people in the country illegally and fine landlords who rent to them.

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