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Hazleton is a small town of about 30,000 people in Pennsylvania, part of the larger metropolitan area of Scranton–Wilkes-Barre–Hazleton. It received national attention in 2006 for passing ordinances that:

  • would have imposed fines on landlords who rent to illegal immigrants
  • would have required tenants to register with City Hall and buy a rental permit
  • would have denied business permits to companies that hire illegal immigrants

The ordinances never took effect. Immigrants and immigrant groups sued to enjoin the ordinances and the district court struck down the ordinances in Lozano v. City of Hazleton (2007).

Less harsh community resolutions have since been upheld against legal challenge in Roe 1 v. Prince William County (2007).