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Court Ruling Says Texas Community Can’t Shut Out Illegal Immigrants

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The courts once again strike down a Texas community’s efforts to shut out illegal immigrants seeking housing.

The Dallas suburb Farmers Branch tried to ban illegal immigrants from obtaining housing in their community. But the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has now ruled that the ordinance passed by Farmers Branch overstepped the town’s authority.
Passed in 2008, the law called on the city’s building inspector to check the immigration status of anyone wanting to rent an apartment who was not a U.S. citizen. Illegal immigrants could be barred from rental housing and landlords who knowingly allowed them to stay could have their rental licenses revoked. But now the city has been barred from enforcing that law.

The mayor of Farmers branch says they haven’t yet decided if they will appeal to the U.S. Supreme court.

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