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Anti-Illegal-Immigrant Law OK'd in Texas

Discussion in '2007 Archive' started by carpro, May 13, 2007.

  1. carpro

    carpro Well-Known Member

    Oct 14, 2004

    Anti-Illegal-Immigrant Law OK'd in Texas

    May 13, 10:26 AM (ET)


    FARMERS BRANCH, Texas (AP) - Voters in this Dallas suburb became the first in the nation Saturday to prohibit landlords from renting to most illegal immigrants.

    The ban was approved by a vote of 68 percent to 32 percent in final, unofficial returns.

    The balloting marked the first public vote on a local government measure to crack down on illegal immigration.

    "It says especially to Congress that we're tired of the out-of-control illegal immigration problem. That if Congress doesn't do something about it, cities will," said Tim O'Hare, a City Council member who was the ordinance's lead proponent.

    The ordinance requires apartment managers to verify that renters are U.S. citizens or legal immigrants before leasing to them, with some exceptions.

    Property managers or owners who break the rule face a misdemeanor charge punishable by a fine of up to $500.

    Council members approved the ordinance in November, then revised it in January to include exemptions for minors, seniors and some families with a mix of legal residents and illegal immigrants.

    Farmers Branch has become the site of protests and angry confrontations, and opponents of the regulation gathered enough signatures to force the city to put the measure on the municipal election ballot.

    With Saturday's approval of the ban, opponents plan to fight it in court, and will seek a restraining order to stop the city from enforcing it.

    The city was already facing four lawsuits brought by civil rights groups, residents, property owners and businesses who contend the ordinance discriminates and that it places landlords in the precarious position of acting as federal immigration officers. Their attorneys say the ordinance attempts to regulate immigration, a duty that is exclusively the federal government's. One lawsuit also alleges the council violated the state open meetings act when deciding on the ordinance.

    O'Hare contends the city's economy and quality of life will improve if illegal immigrants are kept out.

    Around the country, more than 90 local governments have proposed, passed or rejected laws prohibiting landlords from leasing to illegal immigrants, penalizing businesses that employ them or training police to enforce immigration laws.

    Local proposals aimed at regulating illegal immigration often fail to pass constitutional muster, said Muzaffar Chishti, director of the Migration Policy Institute office at New York University School of Law.

    "There is significant frustration, so that's what's driving it," Chishti said. "But the simple fact is they cannot do too much other than impress upon the Congress the need for immigration reform."
  2. faithgirl46

    faithgirl46 Active Member

    Jun 20, 2005
    :applause: :thumbs: :thumbs: :thumbs:
  3. Ralph III

    Ralph III New Member

    Jun 2, 2006
    There you go!

    It has never been about "We the People" or according to law, with many of these people and groups, as if that were not already obvious. If they cannot win in public opinion or with majority vote, they will do what ever they can to usurp your American rights and privileges. In this case by seeking out a liberal judge to overrule "We the People" as the ACLU so often does.

    I say good for the People and America. I say this is good for those who went through a process of becoming Americans. A process by which only someone who truly cared about being and becoming an American would undertake. Such a person who would be proud to stand for her and her fellow citizens.

    We the People of the United States better wake up and stand up to these matters before there is no America left, or one fit standing for.

    :applause: :thumbs:
    #3 Ralph III, May 13, 2007
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  4. 2 Timothy2:1-4

    2 Timothy2:1-4 New Member

    Dec 22, 2006
    This law has no teeth and will accomplish nothing. The exemptions make a loophole for everyone.
  5. gb93433

    gb93433 Active Member

    Jun 26, 2003
    Those who come here legally find it disgusting that America would have such lenient laws for those south of the border.
    The churches in the south are helping illegals come here and break the law. Should the pastors and anyone who harbors illegals be put in jail?In churches there are those who have come here legally and those who have come here illegally. It is causing a rift in some of those churches.
  6. pinoybaptist

    pinoybaptist Active Member

    Mar 17, 2002
    Thank you, gb93433.

    That is exactly how we feel. Disgust. Contempt. Hurt. Nauseated. Flat out angry and mad.

    I feel so contemptuous I am willing if I had the money to have my relatives come as tourists to Mexico, and then cross the border, hide out with us, go to one of those stupid "sanctuary" cities, find jobs, and wait for the "amnesty".
    #6 pinoybaptist, May 13, 2007
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