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From the ACLU Pennsylvania website:
Judge Declares Hazleton Anti-Immigrant Ordinance Unconstitutional
7/26/07 - A federal judge struck down the Hazleton anti-immigrant ordinance today. In his 206-page opinion, Judge James Munely said, "Whatever frustrations officials of the City of Hazleton may feel about the current state of federal immigration enforcement, the nature of the political system in the United States prohibits the City from enacting ordinances that disrupt a carefully drawn federal statutory scheme. Even if federal law did not conflict with Hazleton's measures, the City could not enact an ordinance that violates rights the Constitution guarantees to every person in the United States, whether legal resident or not." A copy of the opinion can be found here(749k PDF).
I'm going to have to go back to re-read the part of the Constitution that covers "illegal residents" to see what it says.
Apparently, a city cannot " impose fines on landlords who rent to illegal immigrants and deny business permits to companies that give them jobs."Oh, just what is that "carefully drawn federal statutory scheme" regarding "illegal residents?" I always thought it was deportation.
I'd have to say that this kind of interpretation of the 14th Amendment would say that the Immigration and Naturalization process was unconstitutional...