Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Court stops Dallas suburb's immigrant renters law

This city law was struck down because the city does not have the right to make the law, it seems like they should have known that.    - - Donna Poisl

By NOMAAN MERCHANT, Associated Press

DALLAS (AP) — A Dallas suburb can't enforce a law that bans immigrants in the United States without legal permission from renting apartments, a federal appeals court said Monday. It's the latest ruling on a series of laws that local governments have passed targeting immigration.

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the Farmers Branch ordinance encroached on authority that belongs to the federal government, and called multiple parts of it unconstitutional. The appeals court relied heavily on the U.S. Supreme Court's decision last year that struck down parts of Arizona's immigration law.

"We conclude that enforcement of the ordinance conflicts with federal law," the opinion said.
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