Hispanic Leaders Planning One-Day Boycott of Farmers Branch to Protest Its Refusal to Give Up on Immigrant Rental Ban

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Hispanics have boycotted Farmers Branch before. In 2006, as the city was first considering a crackdown on illegal immigrants, including an instantaneously infamous rental ban, immigrant rights activists called for supporters to shop and conduct business elsewhere.

It didn't work. Tim O'Hare, the city councilman who proposed the crackdown to "clean up Farmers Branch" as he put it to The Dallas Morning News at the time, responded by inviting supporters of the rental ban in neighboring cities to come spend their money in the town of almost 30,000. The rental ban passed.

Legal protests have been more successful. Three times now -- once in federal district court and twice in appeals court -- judges have declared the measure unconstitutional. Opponents also won at the ballot box, recently ushering in a more immigrant-friendly City Council and electing Ana Reyes as its first Hispanic member.

Farmers Branch, however, has refused to give up of completely purging itself of unauthorized immigrants while thoroughly alienating its Hispanic residents, who now comprise 45 percent of the population. The City Council voted last week to take its $6 million rental ban fight to the U.S. Supreme Court.

See also: Farmers Branch's Illegal-Immigrant Rental Ban May Finally Be Dead

In response, Hispanic leaders are turning back to the boycott. "It's time for the community to rise and speak up and take action, because if no one does, there's not going to be a change," says local activist Victor Quezada.

This boycott is both more expansive and more limited than the one seven years ago. Organizers are urging residents to keep their kids home from school, to skip work and to avoid spending money at local businesses, but only on September 13. They're hoping that will be enough to demonstrate the Hispanic community's growing clout.

Farmers Branch Mayor Bill Glancy has met with activists to discuss the issue and has limited his remarks to expressing doubt in the efficacy of a boycott.

"It's America. It's a free country," he told The Dallas Morning News. "They can do what they like. I don't know that it's going to benefit them or that it's going to benefit the Hispanic community."

To that, Quezada offers a metaphor introduced by a school teacher who spoke at a recent community meeting. Farmers Branch is a pregnant woman ready to give birth to a new, more tolerant and diverse version of herself.

"The water broke in Farmers Branch a long time ago, and it's time for that child to be born," he says.


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Obummer
Obummer

Yo Viva La Farmers Branch.

chunkyjones
chunkyjones

Our nation does not function like a democracy. Illegal Mexicans should ALL be deported back to Mexico. They are here in violation of our national sovereignty. Most American citizens want these people repatriated. Why do we have a government that allows them all to stay?

naivelibtardsquish
naivelibtardsquish

The only hope for a truly "progressive" future is for whiteness to be eradicated, and for the USA to become even more like a combination of Mexico and Africa!

DeathBreath
DeathBreath

Why stop with a one-day boycott.  Make it one year or longer. 

naivelibtardsquish
naivelibtardsquish

Dopey white-guilt propaganda aimed at naive white libtard do-gooders.

unclescrappy
unclescrappy

If we just had some common sense enforcement laws & such. Like for example, anytime you applied for any Govt Benefit, you had to prove you were a US CITIZEN and Govt Benefits would only be allowed for US Citizens. If an ILLEGAL applied, well instead of Joe-Rent-A-Cop, we could have a friendly US ICE agent there instead who could take you into custody & help you get back home. TO YOUR OWN COUNTRY, NOT OURS. 

Also if you need Medical Care, we will treat you for Life Threatening needs. Also we will determine what country you are from & BILL them for your treatment if you cant pay. Also we will assist you with your social needs, like getting back home to YOUR OWN COUNTRY.

Overall we can be compassionate & helpful. We just need to stand up and take care of our own people, US CITIZENS who belong here. Also we need an effort to amend the 14th amendment to require for automatic citizenship at birth that at least 1 biological parent be of US Citizenship. Sounds like a simple common sense fix.

ruddski
ruddski

In response, FB residents are going to boycott Mexico, so there. Nyah Nyah

roo_ster
roo_ster

Could the illegals please make the boycott permanent and include the whole USA?

Obummer
Obummer

Yo da greatest threatz ta ourz country comez fromz foreignz ideaz an' agitatorz.

Blake Wilson
Blake Wilson

Pretty sure a bulldozer would fix this problem.

Azuncion Ayala-Beraza
Azuncion Ayala-Beraza

I agree with you Lupe, a lot of Americans are being arrested for tax evasion, politicians, people in government, its just not "illegal immigrants" who are not paying taxes.

Lupe Zacarias
Lupe Zacarias

What about Americans who don't pay taxes? Would they count too?

ogenjr
ogenjr

Illegal, that means all but some Mexican illegal do not have a clue. Some have been here so long they think they have rights. The wind of change is coming and if you are” Illegal”, working and not sucking the social system dry maybe we will let you stay. I find that the biggest complainers are the ones that do not belong here (Illegal) but those that have gone through the system of citizenship say nothing and are proud to be American. The people of Farmer Branch are behind this quest and could care less what the Out Side government says the citizens of this city and state will stand their ground. Mexico and the Great State of Texas have a working relationship and understanding that we can help our neighbors but you cannot GIVE anyone the Farm. We will welcome anyone that becomes a citizen by the law and remember the present law breaking administration will not last.

We welcome any protester/boycotter to please leave and do not come back.

Montemalone
Montemalone topcommenter

I don't think they've really thought this through.

FB don't want them, so boycotting would be like the NAACP boycotting a KKK rally.

hilllbillle
hilllbillle

so mexicans are going to stay out of farmers branch for a day?

James080
James080

"The water broke in Farmers Branch a long time ago, and it's time for that child to be born," he says.

Another Anchor Baby perhaps...
 

Lakewooder
Lakewooder

I would like to impose a ban on stories involving Farmers Branch and White Settlement.

All in favor say aye [in a pirate voice]

ruddski
ruddski

Is the taxpayer going to pay for the birth, lifelong medical care and education of little Farmers Branch Jr.?

ruddski
ruddski

And FWIW, Austin is considering a $175,000 statue to honor the homeless. Where are the statues honoring illegal aliens?

dallas_dude
dallas_dude

Just a friendly reminder...Everytime Farmers Branch loses they have to pay their own lawyers AND the "pro-immigration" lawyers as well.  Which is why you only see a half hearted effort to keep this from going to court.  Both legal teams no this is a pointless effort but who cares if you get paid either way.

If I were a resident, regardless of how strongly I was against immigration, I would be pissed off at all the tax dollars going to lawyers pockets.  All I can say is these council people are fighting w/ OPM.  If this was cash out of their pocket they wouldn't spend a nickle on this pointless effort.

ruddski
ruddski

Eric, the ban is on illegal immigrants - but you knew that didn't you?

ruddski
ruddski

It's very clever to equate anti-illegal immigration to anti-Hispanic, but what of Hispanics who are against illegal immigration? Are they race traitors or self-hating? Leftist stuff is confusing.

Roger
Roger

Given the Supreme Court's recent ruling on the VRA and Eric Holder's even more recent decision to selectively enforce federal drug laws, adjudication by the Supremes might end up yielding some surprising results for FB.

For example, what does preemption really end up meaning when the federal executive only enforces those laws its political party in power agrees with and only does so in ways consistent with political gain, not consistent with the law as strictly written?

FB may not get everything they hope for, but don't rule out a surprise break in their favor along the lines of the one Texas recently got under the VRA.

jaredallas
jaredallas

I will continue to only generally know where Farmers Branch is, in support of this boycott.

JaimesonPaul
JaimesonPaul

Personally I think this should be taken to the next level by having everyone only eat at Cuquita's when in Farmers Branch. Owner Elizabeth Villafranca has done a lot to fight this ridiculous ban and the food is outstanding. 

roo_ster
roo_ster

@unclescrappy Don't you know it is racist to insist brown people obey the law like plain white folks? 

if6were9
if6were9

@Lakewooder Everybody can't live in lily white Lakewood.....where the only hispanics you see is someone's maid or nanny. 

Americano
Americano

@dallas_dude But you aren't a resident, are you?  For all we know a majority of residents support this.  Let them deal with it the American way.  Through elections.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@ruddski Misleading headline for sure this time, disingenuous too.  Cmon Eric they arent banning LEGAL immigrants

dingo
dingo

@ruddski They are all pregnant and ready to give birth to a new, 'more tolerant of illegal people that arrived to undercut their wages'  version of themselves.

Roger
Roger

It really depends on how FB argues it. Here's the code on the subject. The law hasn't been changed, just ignored:

http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/8/1324

(iii) knowing or in reckless disregard of the fact that an alien has come to, entered, or remains in the United States in violation of law, conceals, harbors, or shields from detection, or attempts to conceal, harbor, or shield from detection, such alien in any place, including any building or any means of transportation;
(iv) encourages or induces an alien to come to, enter, or reside in the United States, knowing or in reckless disregard of the fact that such coming to, entry, or residence is or will be in violation of law; or
(v)
(I) engages in any conspiracy to commit any of the preceding acts, or
(II) aids or abets the commission of any of the preceding acts,
shall be punished as provided in subparagraph (B).

As a sanctuary city, Dallas is explicitly in violation of these provisions. FB can argue that its ordinance is intended to place it in compliance with federal immigration law by actively discouraging the harboring of illegal aliens within its jurisdiction.

FB is not creating immigration law, nor enforcing immigration law against illegal aliens. It is only protecting itself by not illegally offering to illegally harbor illegal immigrants in its rental housing.

dsmithy3211
dsmithy3211

@Roger Regardless of whether the DOJ or ICE or DHS or whoever decides to enforce immigration laws or not, preemption still means (and has always meant) that FB has no business passing de facto immigration laws.

dallas_dude
dallas_dude

Enforcement and legistlation of immigration is a federal right, not a state right.  If Arizona, colorado, California, and Wyoming all lost in court what in gods name make you think little ole Farmers Branch has any chance?  I'll be suprised they even take up the case.  They only take up 5% of cases brought to them anyway.

Americano
Americano

@JaimesonPaul  

I suppose Illegal Immigrants, and their sympathizers won't eat there on the unspecified day that Ace Reporter Eric neglected to name in the article.   Does this include the staff of said restaurant? 

ruddski
ruddski

Does this establishment use E-Verify? If so, should they be boycotted? After all, that draconian system is just like those tattoos the nazis forced on the Jews!

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

@Americano @dallas_dude 

OK, look at the last election for City Council

The 2 candidates who ran in opposition to continuing the lawsuit each won, Reyes and Connally. they each defeated candidates who ran as supporters of the rental ban ordinance, the incumbent Koch and Capener.

If one looks at the recent election, the voters said drop the lawsuit.

ruddski
ruddski

Cool, then I'll be able to drive drunk there!

dsmithy3211
dsmithy3211

@Roger Nice try, but this actually works against FB. There's already a federal law in place re: concealing, harboring, shielding, encouraging, and inducing. Hence, preemption. 

I mean, FB's attorney can make the argument at SCOTUS. They will be mercilessly laughed out of court even (or especially) by Scalia, and Kagan will just give a "Oh honey, you clearly did not go to a top tier law school" smirk. But hey, whatever pays the bills, I suppose.

As to FB protecting itself... FB doesn't have rental housing. The residents of FB have rental housing, and as such FB doesn't need protecting. This would be akin to FB passing a law forbidding its residents to violate any given federal law. It's illegal to infringe a patent, it's illegal to sell arms in violation of ITAR, it's illegal to be a pirate.

"FB is not creating immigration law, nor enforcing immigration law against illegal aliens."  The (conservative) Fifth Circuit respectfully disagrees.

Americano
Americano

@mavdogg @dallas_dude 

Apparently the voters in that city need to send another message.

dsmithy3211
dsmithy3211

@Roger @dsmithy3211No, I'm well aware you're citing federal law. It's in the link. My first paragraph (as ineloquently worded as it was) is just paraphrasing from what you posted.

But just so we're on the same page as to what I'm saying: there's already a federal immigration law, and FB is not allowed to double down. It's the very definition of preemption.

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

@Roger @dsmithy3211 Will this ordinance get rid of FB comments on the Unfair Park comment boards??  I'm all for it, if so.

Roger
Roger

@dsmithy3211 @Roger I think I see the source of your confusion, why your first paragraph and then everything that follows from it doesn't make any sense. You thought I was linking/quoting the FB ordinance.

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