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Thursday November 17, 2011

PA Law that Would Punish Employers for Hiring Undocumented Moves to Senate After Passing in House

PA Law that Would Punish Employers for Hiring Undocumented Moves to Senate After Passing in House

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Pennsylvania legislators have proposed a bill that would punish employers for hiring undocumented immigrant workers.

Just four years after the controversial Mayor of Hazelton, PA and the town council passed the Illegal Immigration Relief Act, which fined landlords who rented to undocumented immigrants, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives has passed a bill that would revoke professional licenses issued by the Bureau of Occupational and Professional Affairs from those who employ undocumented workers.

Though the bill still has to pass in the Senate, Pennsylvania appears to be on its way to enacting anti-illegal immigration laws like Arizona and Alabama before them.

In 2007, a federal judge declared that parts of the Hazelton ordinance was unconstitutional, and after review in 2010, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit most of the judge’s injunction was upheld.