FARMERS BRANCH, Texas (AP) - A suburb of Dallas is considering a
local law targeting illegal immigrants, similar to one in Hazleton,
Farmers Branch is the first city in Texas to consider such a
The Farmers Branch debate over illegal immigration began in
August and spawned demonstrations by both sides of the issue.
A councilman has given city attorneys drafts of an ordinance that
would make English the city's official language and proposals to
fine companies and landlords who do business with illegal
Council members will discuss the proposals Monday.
Some worry the spread of local anti-illegal immigration rules will lead to sanctioned discrimination and racism.
Those sentiments particularly affect Latinos because they have
become the face of the immigration debate.
Unlike Pennsylvania, where Latinos tend to be recent arrivals, many Latinos in Texas have family roots there that predate statehood.