Cities Take Immigration Law Into Their Own Hands

Immigration reform is stalled in Congress but that doesn’t mean cities and towns will stop trying to tweak their policies to deal with immigration-related issues.

In some areas, that means making life easier for undocumented immigrants. Seattle recently revised its policy related to holding immigrants for federal immigration authorities, for example.

But other areas are intent on keeping undocumented immigrants out.

That’s what’s happening in Hazleton, Pa., and Farmer’s Branch, Texas. Both towns passed local laws meant to keep undocumented immigrants from renting property, and, in both cases, federal courts struck down those laws.

But now Hazleton and Farmer’s Branch are asking the Supreme Court to review the cases. The Los Angeles Times editorial board recently said that the court should shoot down this “specious” request.