Anti-Law Enforcement, Pro-Illegal Immigration in Farmers Branch Texas

15 01 2007

Cross posted from Liberally Conservative

Business owners have filed suit against Farmers Branch saying they have been hurt by the Dallas suburb’s push to stop apartments from renting to illegal immigrants and make English the city’s official language.

It was the fourth suit filed against the city since the anti-illegal immigration measures passed in November.

Thirty-one named merchants contend the rental ban and English resolution have hurt their businesses by driving away Hispanic customers.

Their complaint, filed Thursday, calls the plaintiffs’ businesses “the very life blood of Farmers Branch” and contends that the ordinance “has cut off the oxygen supply to that life blood: Latino and immigrant clientele.”

The merchants, who contend the city is improperly attempting to enforce federal laws, are seeking damages for loss of revenue and future profits.

Council members unanimously approved the measure requiring apartment managers or owners to verify the immigration or citizenship status of apartment renters. Property managers or owners who break the rule would face fines of up to $500 per violation per day.

The ordinance was part of a series of anti-illegal immigration rules. Council members also approved resolutions making English the city’s official language and allowing local authorities to become part of a federal program so they can enforce immigration laws.

Since then, civil rights groups, residents, apartment complexes and business owners have sued over the decision.

On Thursday, a judge blocked the rental ordinance, which was to have gone into effect Friday. A state judge granted a motion for a temporary restraining order pending a hearing later this month.

This was a production of The
Coalition Against Illegal Immigration (CAII).

If you would like to
participate, please go to the above link to learn more. Afterwards, email the coalition…. brianbonner90-at-gmail-dot-com……and let
me know at what level you would like to participate.


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