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Town again thwarted in move against immigrants

September 13, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

A federal judge stopped a Dallas suburb's latest attempt to drive away illegal immigrants, ruling that Farmers Branch cannot enforce a ban on apartment rentals to those who can't prove they live legally in the country.

U.S. District Judge Jane Boyle issued a temporary restraining order against an ordinance that had been set to take effect today. The ordinance was intended to replace a similar measure that was struck down in federal court.

The judge said the ordinance could cause irreparable injury to landlords who are likely to lose business to neighboring cities that don't have similar laws. She also said that it poses a "slippery slope" toward the city attempting to override the role of the federal government on immigration.

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