Illegal Immigrant Crackdown

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Farmers Branch Mayor Bob Phelps says council members will eventually take action on proposals that would make it tougher for illegal immigrants to live and work in the city.

However, it was unclear after a meeting Monday night if and when the City Council would discuss passing a strict illegal immigration ordinance.

City Councilman Tim O'Hare asked the council to consider an ordinance that would prohibit landlords from leasing to illegal immigrants, penalize businesses that employ undocumented workers and make English the city's official language.

Mayor Pro Tem Ben Robinson also suggested banning day laborers from assembling and having police submit documents of people they stop to immigration officials.

If Farmers Branch follows Hazleton's lead, the ACLU of Texas says it will sue. Representatives from the League of United Latin American Citizens and other groups also have said the same.