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Federal Judge Strikes Down Ordinance Banning Illegals From Renting Apartments

Posted By admin On March 25, 2010 @ 10:28 am In Prison Planet | Comments Disabled

NBC News [1]
Thursday, March 25, 2010

A federal judge has ruled that a Farmers Branch [2] ordinance banning illegal immigrants from renting apartments is unconstitutional.

U.S. District Judge Jane J. Boyle [3] of Dallas [4] ruled Wednesday that the ordinance was an attempt to enforce U.S. immigration laws, something only the federal government can do.


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“Ordinance 2952 is a regulation of immigration and is preempted by the Supremacy Clause of the United States [6] Constitution because the authority to regulate immigration is exclusively a federal power,” she wrote.

The ordinance established a licensing system for renters in Farmers Branch. Renters would be required to pay a $5 fee and obtain a residential occupancy license issued by the city’s building inspector. Under the system, the building inspector would verify a renter’s immigration status with federal officials if the renter did not declare him or herself a citizen or national of the United States. The city would revoke the licenses of people the federal government said were in the country illegally.

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[1] NBC News: http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local-beat/Judge-Strikes-Down-Farmers-Branch-Rental-Ordinance-89047722.html

[2] Farmers Branch: http://www.prisonplanet.com/topics?topic=Farmers+Branch

[3] U.S. District Judge Jane J. Boyle: http://www.prisonplanet.com/topics?topic=Jane+Boyle

[4] Dallas: http://www.prisonplanet.com/topics?topic=Dallas

[5] Image: http://www.homegain.com/housead/homes_for_sale/index?entryid=11502

[6] United States: http://www.prisonplanet.com/topics?topic=United+States

[7] Texas town vows fight to keep illegal immigrants from renting houses: http://www.prisonplanet.com/texas-town-vows-fight-to-keep-illegal-immigrants-from-renting-houses.html

[8] Federal Judge Finds N.S.A. Wiretaps Were Illegal: http://www.prisonplanet.com/federal-judge-finds-n-s-a-wiretaps-were-illegal.html

[9] Immigration Rally Draws Crowd Week Before Vote: http://www.prisonplanet.com/immigration-rally-draws-crowd-week-before-vote.html

[10] Government Defies Federal Judge on NDAA: http://www.prisonplanet.com/government-defies-federal-judge-on-ndaa.html

[11] Alabama Immigration Law Can’t Be Enforced, U.S. Judge Rules: http://www.prisonplanet.com/alabama-immigration-law-can%e2%80%99t-be-enforced-u-s-judge-rules.html

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