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05-13-07, 09:28 AM #1
Texas town upholds immigration law
Farmers Branch first to vote on measure prohibiting renting to illegals
The Associated Press
Updated: 12:53 a.m. ET May 13, 2007
FARMERS BRANCH, Texas - Voters in this Dallas suburb became the first in the nation Saturday to prohibit landlords from renting to most illegal immigrants.
The ban was approved by a vote of 68 percent to 32 percent in final, unofficial returns.
The balloting marked the first public vote on a local government measure to crack down on illegal immigration.
“It says especially to Congress that we’re tired of the out-of-control illegal immigration problem. That if Congress doesn’t do something about it, cities will,” said Tim O’Hare, a City Council member who was the ordinance’s lead proponent.
Council members approved the ordinance in November, then revised it in January to include exemptions for minors, seniors and some families with a mix of legal residents and illegal immigrants.
Opponents forced referendum
Farmers Branch has become the site of protests and angry confrontations, and opponents of the regulation gathered enough signatures to force the city to put the measure on the municipal election ballot.
With Saturday’s approval of the ban, opponents plan to fight it in court, and will seek a restraining order to stop the city from enforcing it.
The city was already facing four lawsuits brought by civil rights groups, residents, property owners and businesses who contend the ordinance discriminates and that it places landlords in the precarious position of acting as federal immigration officers. Their attorneys say the ordinance attempts to regulate immigration, a duty that is exclusively the federal government’s. One lawsuit also alleges the council violated the state open meetings act when deciding on the ordinance.
O’Hare contends the city’s economy and quality of life will improve if illegal immigrants are kept out.
Frustration fuels local efforts
Local proposals aimed at regulating illegal immigration often fail to pass constitutional muster, said Muzaffar Chishti, director of the Migration Policy Institute office at New York University School of Law.
“There is significant frustration, so that’s what’s driving it,” Chishti said. “But the simple fact is they cannot do too much other than impress upon the Congress the need for immigration reform.”
The Farmers Branch measure exempts minors and people 62 and over from having to prove their immigration status or citizenship. Families that include citizens and illegal-immigrant members can lease housing if they meet three conditions: they’re already tenants, heads of households or spouses are legally in the U.S., and the family includes only a spouse, their minor children or parents.We are the thin blue line
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05-13-07, 09:45 AM #2
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05-13-07, 10:12 AM #3
Way to go!!!!! Something tells me that one of the groups fighting this is the ACLU. Why the Liberals want to hand the keys of this country over to everybody in the world is beyond me. I have nothing against diversity, as long as its done LEGALLY!!"An Unarmed man can only flee from evil, and evil is not overcome by fleeing from it." Jeff Cooper
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Judge bars Farmers Branch from instituting illegal immigrant ordinance
A federal court in Dallas has issued a temporary restraining order prohibiting the city of Farmers Branch from enforcing an illegal immigration rental ordinance that was to take effect Tuesday.
The Villas at Parkside Partners, an apartment complex sued Farmers Branch over the ordinance, which prohibits apartment complexes from renting to illegal immigrants.
Farmers Branch spokesman Tom Bryson, reached Tuesday, said "The city will abide by the court ruling while waiting and watching for the outcome of legal action."
The controversial ordinance, first adopted by the Farmers Branch City Council in November 2006, was approved by voters this month.
The apartment complex claims that because the ordinance requires property managers in Farmers Branch to determine the immigration status of renters the city "essentially deputizes these private individuals as federal immigration officials and takes the federal function away from the federal government," the lawsuit states.
The court agreed, determining that the ordinance "burdens private citizens and city officials with making immigration status decisions based on a scheme that does not adopt federal immigration standards."
The court ordered the temporary restraining order pending the plaintiffs' requests for a preliminary injunction.
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05-22-07, 11:23 PM #6
I don't see how the court can say that's an undue burden - Employeers are required to determine citizenship of their employees whenever they hire someone.
What the hell is the difference between an employer and an apartment owner? - They're both either private citizens or corporations.
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