The journey of three local anti-immigrant laws reached a dead end today, with a settlement pending in South Carolina and the Supreme Court refusing to take up housing ordinances from Farmers’ Branch, Texas and Hazleton, Pennsylvania.
Hazleton, PA and Farmers’ Branch, TX have since 2006-2007 both been defending town ordinances that denied housing to undocumented immigrants. The Hazleton law was championed by none other than Lou Barletta, who was the town’s mayor at the time and has since been elected to Congress, where he is now one of the House’s most anti-immigrant members. Both town laws were subjected to lawsuits, struck down, appealed, and re-appealed. The Supreme Court’s decision not to hear the cases in the highest appeals court of the land means that both ordinances have effectively come to the end of the road, and been found unconstitutional. Read more about the ACLU and the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund’s successful 7-year battle against the ordinances here.