Judge Overrules Farmers Branch Voters on Immigration Issue

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FARMERS BRANCH, Texas -- A federal judge has halted enforcement of a voter-endorsed ordinance barring apartment rentals to most illegal immigrants in Farmers Branch.

The ordinance was to take effect Tuesday, more than one week after voters approved it.

Opponents had filed three requests in federal court in Dallas for an injunction to stop its enforcement. A judge Monday agreed.

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

Earlier Monday, some other activists sued Farmers Branch, claiming minorities are underrepresented because of the at-large city council system in the city.

The suit was filed on behalf of three Latino voters who live in
Farmers Branch. That lawsuit seeks creation of single-member districts.

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