Enforcement of Texas Suburb Anti-Illegal Immigration Rental Ordinance Blocked

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas has granted a temporary restraining order filed by The Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDF) and the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Texas (ACLU of Texas) against the enforcement of a voter-approved anti-illegal immigration city ordinance that was scheduled to take effect today. The court held on Monday that only the federal government can decide whether a person is in the U.S. legally. The MALDF and the ACLU of Texas plan to continue with their previously filed lawsuit based on claims that the ordinance violates federal immigration law and the rights of landlords and tenants.

The Farmers Branch ordinance requires landlords, in order to avoid penalties, to lease apartments only to those who show proof of U.S. citizenship or legal immigrants, with a few exceptions.

Source: http://jurist.law.pitt.edu/paperchase/2007/05/federal-court-blocks-dallas-suburb-anti.php