On Sept. 9, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a ban on enforcing an ordinance against illegal aliens in Hazleton, Pa., prompting The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) to accuse it of obstructing efforts to control illegal immigration.
According to FAIR, the Federal government has failed to act to stem the tide of illegal immigration, but residents in cities and towns across the nation are increasingly feeling the social and economic burdens associated with persons residing in the United States unlawfully.
Its representatives have said that banning the ordinance — which would have required employers and landlords to offer jobs or housing only to those who are authorized to live and work in the U.S. — is yet another example of why illegal immigration is "out of control."
FAIR president Dan Stein said that the court’s argument that Federal law takes precedence over state law in this matter is dangerous because "when the Federal government is unwilling to enforce immigration laws, cities need to be able to act by taking reasonable steps to protect their citizens from the social, financial and criminal costs of illegal immigration."
He added that his organization is advocating for a collaborative model whereby states and localities would assist the Federal government in enforcing immigration law.