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Pennsylvania mayor who pushed immigrant law heads to DC

HAZLETON, Pa. — A Pennsylvania mayor whose get-tough policies on illegal immigrants attracted national attention has resigned after 11 years in office and will head to Congress.

Hazleton Mayor Lou Barletta was elected to the U.S. House last month, defeating a 26-year Democratic incumbent on his third try. He left the mayor’s office at noon on Tuesday.

Barletta says he’s proud of his effort to drive illegal immigrants from the city of about 30,000. Four years ago, he championed an ordinance that penalized landlords for renting to illegal immigrants and businesses that employed them. Cities around the country followed suit.

A federal judge struck down Hazleton’s law as unconstitutional in 2007, and it has never been enforced. The city appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court this week.