Florida is frequently the destination for people immigrating to the United States, and residents may be interested in the news that the U.S. Supreme Court turned down requests for appeals from two towns that had written immigration laws that were overruled by federal laws. Farmers Branch, Texas, and Hazleton, Pennsylvania, had hoped to argue their positions and have the appeals court rulings overturned. It was in 2012 when the Supreme Court heard its last major immigration case.
Reform appears to be stalled in Congress, and local governments think that the existing federal laws do not do enough to control immigration. The towns in question had written laws that required property owners and employers to obtain proof of legal immigration status and penalized those who did not obtain proof. In addition, a tenant could be arrested and fined for failing to produce the proper documents.