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Something Else for Landlords to Worry About — Illegal Immigrants.

Posted By Cliff Tuttle | July 18, 2010

No. 478

Maybe it isn’t a trend yet, but a lot of angry people are thinking about enacting state laws and local ordinances to restrict the ability of illegal immigrants to live and work in their communities. This includes local ordinances forbidding landlords to rent to illegals.  A new one cropped up in Fremont, Nebraska recently.  And it is not the first time.  Hazelton, PA, in the east,  enacted a similar ordinance which, if memory serves, was struck down by a federal court and is on appeal.

Of course, the federal government has the responsibility under the Constitution for regulating its borders and it does not appreciate all of the well-meaning efforts of states and municipalities to help out.

We don’t have any such legislation here in Western Pennsylvania, but given the political climate, it could happen on any given Tuesday.  But based on what we have seen thus far, the chances of this kind of legislation passing judicial scrutiny is zero to none. Immigration is just a federal thing, that’s all.



CLIFF TUTTLE has been a Pennsylvania lawyer for over 45 years and (inter alia) is a real estate litigator and legal writer. The posts in this blog are intended to provide general information about legal topics of interest to lawyers and consumers with a Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania focus. However, this information does not constitute legal advice and there is no lawyer-client relationship created when you read this blog. You are encouraged to leave comments but be aware that posted comments can be read by others. If you wish to contact me in privacy, please use the Contact Form located immediately below this message. I will reply promptly and in strict confidence.

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