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Immigration measure blocked

January 12, 2007|From the Associated Press

FARMERS BRANCH, TEXAS — A judge Thursday blocked a law requiring landlords to verify the citizenship of potential tenants, a day before it was to go into effect in this Dallas suburb.

A judge granted a temporary restraining order after a claim saying open-meetings laws were violated when the ordinance was approved and adopted. The measure, passed unanimously by the City Council in November, requires property managers or owners to verify renters' immigration or citizenship status.

A hearing was set for Jan. 22 to determine whether the order should be made a temporary injunction pending a trial.

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