Farmers Branch: 68% vote for anti-illegal immigration ordinance; ACLU, MALDEF file TRO

Last week, Farmers Branch (outside Dallas, Texas) passed a city ordinance requiring landlords to check the immigration status of renters. It passed with 68% voting for it, and it has "exemptions for minors, seniors and some mixed-status families".

Needless to say, illegal immigration supporters are up in arms, and MALDEF (the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund; indirectly linked to the Mexican government) and the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union; also indirectly linked to the Mexican government) have asked for a temporary restraining order in an attempt to block the ordinance:

"It is unfortunate that the residents of Farmers Branch have chosen to implement a law which is not only bad policy, but is likely also unconstitutional," said Lisa Graybill, legal director for the ACLU of Texas. "Now the issue will have to be resolved in federal court."

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