A set of city ordinances intended to check illegal immigration was ruled unconstitutional by a federal judge yesterday, the AP reports. The measures had imposed fines on businesses that hired illegal workers and required rental tenants to register with the city and buy permits.
The mayor of Hazleton, Pa. quickly announced he would appeal the decision, while the ACLU and local groups—which said behavior towards Hispanics had already become more aggressive—praised it. Whether the decision will affect more than 100 towns around the country inspired by Hazleton remains to be seen; some were waiting for yesterday’s verdict before going forward with laws of their own. Meanwhile, construction, agriculture and tech companies have bemoaned labor shortages exacerbated by these local laws.