Supreme Court Makes Two Key Immigration Decisions

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The U.S. Supreme Court handed down two decisions on immigration Monday. The first reversed a federal court decision that a Hazleton, Pa. immigration ordinance was unconstitutional. Like the ordinance in Fremont, Nebraska passed in June 2010, the ordinance would require employers to verify the legal residence of workers. Both ordinances had been prevented from going into effect by challenges from the American Civil Liberties Union.

The second Supreme Court decision upheld the constitutionality of the California law making undocumented students eligible for in-state tuition. About 41,000 students in California have taken advantage of the special tuition rule in the last year, mostly at community colleges.