From the Trentonian:
The southern New Jersey community of Riverside has banned the hiring and housing of undocumented immigrants.
The Township Council unanimously approved the “Illegal Immigration Relief Act,’’ making renting or leasing property to a person who cannot prove he or she is legally in the United States a violation punishable by fines starting at $1,000. Employing such individuals would incur a similar penalty, and could cost employers their local business license.
The ordinance mirrors one passed earlier this month in Hazleton, Pa. Local governments across the country — from California to Idaho to Florida — are considering similar actions. This is believed to be the first such ordinance passed in the Garden State.
A town of 8,000 located in Burlington County, about halfway between Camden and Trenton, Riverside Township is unofficially home to between 1,500 and 3,500 illegal immigrants, mostly from Brazil, according to Mayor Charles Hilton.
Municipal leaders say the influx has crowded schools and housing, strained public services and made parking spaces scarce.