Farmers Branch Gets A Rehearing Before Appeals Court on Immigration Law

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A protest in front of Farmers Branch city hall.
A controversial Farmers Branch immigration ordinance will get a second chance in court after a sound rejection back in March, and the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on Arizona's controversial immigration bill will play a determining role.

Farmers Branch has three times passed a "housing" ordinance which would require anyone renting a house or apartment in the town to first prove their lawful immigration status and three times has been rebuffed in federal court, to the tune of some $5 million in legal bills. The town council passed the first measure back in 2006 on the grounds that it would combat the ills of illegal immigration, though those ills were never exactly quantified or studied. What was quantified was a sharp swing in the town's ethnic make-up, which is now majority Latino (the whole brouhaha is the subject of a recent cover story).

A collection of apartment complex owners and tenants, both documented and undocumented, sued the city, successfully winning permanent injunctions against the rule in federal court.

Farmers Branch didn't find a much more receptive audience in a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit. The judges concluded that "the ordinance's sole purpose is not to regulate housing but to exclude undocumented aliens, specifically Latinos, from the City of Farmers Branch and that it is an impermissible regulation of immigration."

The panel, however, was split, two to one, signalling the potential for an en banc rehearing before the appeals court which, on the heels of the high court's ruling on Arizona's sprawling immigration law, will happen on Sept. 16 per a decision Tuesday by 5th Circuit Judges. Attorneys on both sides think their chances are good.

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"After the uprising of the 17th June

The Secretary of the Writers Union

Had leaflets distributed in the Stalinallee

Stating that the people Had forfeited the confidence of the government

And could win it back only

By redoubled efforts. Would it not be easier

In that case for the government To dissolve the people

And elect another?"

----Bertolt Brecht, 'The Solution'


Looks like government is choosing option "B."


And as the cities and towns are taken over one by one by the illegal alien invaders  the US Government turns it's back on it's tax paying citizens and tells them it's not any of their business who is allowed into the country yet the legal citizens are paying a high price for such ignorance a high price indeed.

primi_timpano topcommenter

Actually the "immigration epidemic" was white people moving to Texas.


The Court did not really resolve the lawsuit on whether an immigration epidemic was proven in Farmer's Branch.  It was tossed (for now) because they believed the ordinance was preempted by federal immigration law.  Supremacy Clause and all that. 


"on the grounds that it would combat the ills of illegal immigration, though those ills were never exactly quantified or studied."


I'll rent you the vacant house at the corner of Ash and Wayne Street so you can find out first hand for yourself.

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