How Latinos are saving this former Pennsylvania mining town

Once an immigration battleground, Hispanics now drive this town’s economy

A decade ago, the small city of Hazleton, Pennsylvania, came into the national spotlight for its tough laws aimed at cracking down on “illegal immigrants.” The city threatened steep fines and penalties for anyone renting a room or employing someone who was undocumented.

But things have changed dramatically since that time. These days, Latinos are Hazleton’s driving economic force.

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