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Texas Ordinance Barring Illegal Immigrants from Renting Property Ruled Unconstitutional

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A federal judge has ruled that a Texas ordinance banning illegal immigrants from renting apartments and other property is unconstitutional.

District Judge Jane Boyle decided that the ordinance in Farmers Branch was an attempt to enforce U.S. immigration laws, which she said is something only the federal government can do.

The judge also issued a permanent injunction to stop the city north of Dallas from enforcing the rule, The Dallas Morning News reported.

The complex ordinance set up a licensing system, under which the Farmers Branch building inspector would verify a renter's immigration status with federal authorities. If a renter was found to be in the country illegally, the city would revoke the rental license.

Mayor Tim O'Hare said he wants to appeal the judge's ruling, but the city council would have to vote whether to spend the money on legal fees. The council was expected to take up the issue next month.

Farmers Branch is a Dallas suburb with a large Hispanic population. About one-quarter of the 30,000 residents were born outside the United States, according to the Morning News.

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Welcome Rich

If it's illegal to harbor a criminal, arrest the landlords.It's a criminal act to be here illegally, so how the hell is it unconstitutional.

August 18 2010 at 1:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

How is it constitutional to hire, give government services to, provide housing to or do anything to aid and abet criminals? I'm sorry, isn't that against the law? Illegal immigrants are "illegal" and obviously criminals who are violating the laws just by being here illegally and of course all the other laws they violate such as tax laws, driving without insurance, etc. If we do things to support the illegal behaviors it is nothing less than aiding and abetting! At what point does the American Citizens have the right to go after the government for violating our own laws?

August 15 2010 at 9:04 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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