Hazleton, Pa. Illegal Immigration Relief Ordinance

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Illegal Immigration Relief Ordinance

Ordinance 2006-10

BE IT ORDAINED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF HAZLETON AS FOLLOWS:

SECTION 1. - TITLE

This chapter shall be known and may be cited as the "City of Hazleton Illegal Immigration Relief Act Ordinance."

SECTION 2. - FINDINGS AND DECLARATION OF PURPOSE

The People of the City of Hazleton find and declare:

A. That illegal immigration leads to higher crime rates, contributes to overcrowded classrooms and failing schools, subjects our hospitals to fiscal hardship and legal residents to substandard quality of care, and destroys our neighborhoods and diminishes our overall quality of life.

B. That the City of Hazleton is empowered and mandated by the People of Hazleton to abate the nuisance of illegal immigration by aggressively prohibiting and punishing the acts, policies, people and businesses that aid and abet illegal aliens.

SECTION 3. - DEFINITIONS

Whenever used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the following meanings:

"City" means the City of Hazleton.

"Contract employer" means any person who obtains the services of one or more individuals through a day labor agency.

"Vehicle" means a vehicle as defined in Pennsylvania Vehicle Code as the same now reads or may hereafter be amended.

SECTION 4. - BUSINESS PERMITS, CONTRACTS OR GRANTS

Any for-profit entity, including acts committed by its parent company or subsidiaries, that aids and abets illegal aliens or illegal immigration shall be denied approval of a business permit, the renewal of a business permit, city contracts or grants for a period not less than five years from its last offense.

A. Aiding and abetting shall include, but not be limited to, the hiring or attempted hiring of illegal aliens, renting or leasing to illegal aliens, or funding or aiding in the establishment of a day laborer center that does not verify legal work status.

B. Any act that aids and abets illegal aliens within the United States, not just within the City limits, will constitute a violation.

SECTION 5. RENTING TO ILLEGAL ALIENS

A. Illegal aliens are prohibited from leasing or renting property. Any property owner or renter/tenant/lessee in control of property who knowingly allows an illegal alien to use, rent or lease their property shall be in violation of this section.

B. Any person or entity that violates this section shall be subject to a fine of not less than $1,000.00.

SECTION 6. ENGLISH ONLY

A. The City of Hazleton declares that English is the official language of the City.

B. Unless explicitly mandated by the federal government, the State of Pennsylvania or the City of Hazleton, all official city business, forms, documents, signage, telecommunication or electronic communication devices will be conducted or written in or utilize English only.

SECTION 7. SEVERABILITY

If any part or provision of this Chapter is in conflict or inconsistent with applicable provisions of federal or state statutes, or is otherwise held to be invalid or unenforceable by any court of competent jurisdiction, such part of provision shall be suspended and superseded by such applicable laws or regulations, and the remainder of this Chapter shall not be affected thereby.

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