A Clinton appointed U.S. District Judge rules today that City of Hazleton municipal ordinances, specifically targeting employers and landlords to make them verify the legal status of employees and tenants, is unconstitutional. The convoluted reasoning of Judge James M. Munley concludes these local ordinances for U.S. Citizens somehow deny due process rights to non-citizens illegally in the country. My favorite quote is from the winning Allentown attorney, David Vaida.
Hazleton case: "The fact that we have won vindicates the right of citizens to rely on the federal constitution to protect our rights," Vaida said.
Decision: The ordinances disrupt a well-established federal scheme for regulating the presence and employment of immigrants in the United States. They violate the Supremacy Clause of the United States Constitution and are unconstitutional.