US Cities Seek High Court Review Of Immigrant Rental Laws

By Dan Packel (November 1, 2013, 4:23 PM EDT) -- A city in Pennsylvania and one in Texas have petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to consider whether they are allowed to enact legislation preventing those illegally living in the country from renting property in their cities — and in the Pennsylvania city's case, from working there too.

Hazleton, Pa., asked the high court on Oct. 24 to overturn a Third Circuit decision that struck down the city's housing and employment ordinances, while Dallas suburb Farmers Branch asked the court on Oct. 21 to overturn an en banc Fifth Circuit decision enjoining its own legislation that solely focuses on housing.

Both cities...

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