Judge Overrules Farmers Branch Voters on Immigration Issue

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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.

Join the Conversation!

To comment, the following rules must be followed:

  • No Obscenity, Profanity, Vulgarity, Racism or Violent Descriptions
  • No Negative Community Comparisons
  • No Fighting, Name-calling, Trolling or Personal Attacks
  • Multiple Accounts are Not Allowed
  • Stay on Story Topic

Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.

Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Questions may be sent to comments@kbtx.com. Please provide detailed information.

powered by Disqus
KBTX-TV Channel 3 4141 E. 29th Street Bryan, TX 77802 Phone: (979) 846-7777 Fax: (979) 846-1490 News Fax: (979) 846-1888
Copyright © 2002-2015 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 7616346 - kbtx.com/a?a=7616346
Gray Television, Inc.