City Efforts Failed to Block Undocumented Immigrants

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Starting a decade ago, a group of small U.S. cities passed laws to block undocumented immigrants from living within their borders. They were a collection of mostly white exurbs and faded manufacturing towns whose populations suddenly were transforming. More Latinos were arriving in search of jobs, and the towns’ leaders complained of burdened schools and higher crime. In this northeastern Pennsylvania city of Hazleton, then-Mayor Lou Barletta said he would do what he could to restore “law and . . .

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