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Hazleton Ordinance Upheld, Federal Appellate Court Rules

HAZLETON, PA - MARCH 14:  A billboard at a bus stop March 14, 2007 in Hazleton, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

HAZLETON, PA - MARCH 14: A billboard at a bus stop March 14, 2007 in Hazleton, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)  (2007 Getty Images)

A federal appeals court has vacated a mandate that found a controversial immigration ordinance in Hazleton, Penn., unconstitutional.

The Standard-Speaker of Hazleton reports the development comes after the U.S. Supreme Court in June ordered the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to take another look at the case. Court documents show the order was issued Friday.

Mayor Joseph Yannuzzi tells the newspaper the development is "good news" that puts the controversial immigration law back in the hands of the federal appeals court.

The court's initial decision prevented the city of Hazleton, in northern Pennsylvania, from enforcing regulations that would deny permits to business that hire undocumented immigrants and fine landlords who rent to them. Hazleton's Illegal Immigration Relief Act inspired similar laws around the country.

Based on reporting by The Associated Press.

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