PHILADELPHIA — A northeast Pennsylvania city that passed the first local anti-immigrant laws can't ever enact them after losing a U.S. Supreme Court battle.

The high court typically considers immigration a matter for federal agencies, not local governments.

On Monday, the court declined to hear two related appeals from the city of Hazleton and a Dallas suburb.

Hazleton had passed laws in 2006 to regulate housing and work permits amid concerns about an influx of immigrants. The laws were aimed at people in the country illegally.

The American Civil Liberties Union sued, and said Monday that Hazleton should now join other cities that instead welcome immigrants.

Then-Hazleton Mayor Lou Barletta is now in Congress. In a recent column, the Republican lawmaker called illegal immigration "a clear ... threat to our national security."