Court Stops Dallas Suburb's Immigrant Renters Law

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

DALLAS (AP) - A federal appeals court again has stopped a Dallas suburb from enforcing a law that bans immigrants in the United States without legal permission from renting apartments.

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans on Monday upheld a lower court's decision that won't allow the ordinance in Farmers Branch to take effect.

Farmers Branch's ordinance conflicted with federal authority, the court said, citing the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision on Arizona's immigration laws.

The law would have required all renters to obtain licenses. The city's building inspector would check an immigrant's status, and landlords who allowed immigrants without permits would have faced fines or revocations of their renters' licenses.

The full court heard the case in September after a three-judge panel ruled against the city.

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