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Farmers Branch Is At It Again!!

Farmers Branch, a suburb of Dallas, Texas, is again trying to halt illegal immigrants living at its apartment communities. As opposed to previous attempts that put the duty of verifying citizenship squarely on the shoulders of the apartment community, this new ordinance would require adults looking to rent in Farmers Branch to get an "Occupancy License" from the city. This would entail renters providing the city information regarding their legal status, which would be checked against a federal database. This new ordinance definitely shifts the burden away from the landlord, although it's still unclear if any fees would be applied to either the renter or landlord. If this ordinance succeeds, don't be surprised if other cities follow the lead!


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Wow, a follow-up to my very first blog... This came from the latest TAA magazine:

A federal district judge reached a final decision in March that the latest Farmers Branch ordinance, which was passed by the city in January 2008, was unconstitutional and an invalid regulation of immigration. The January 2008 ordinance sought to require renters to obtain a $5 occupancy license in order to lease housing in Farmers Branch, and it would have required owners to evict renters who are subsequently determined by the city to not have legal status in the U.S. A temporary restraining order issued in September 2008 prevented the city from implementing the ordinance until its constitutionality was determined.

  Brent Williams
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Farmers Branch is very diligent in getting things their way. Also likely give more speeding tickets than any other cities in the Metroplex. I believe that anyone who meets the property criteria, who qualifies, should have a place to live. I am interested to see how others reply.

  Anne Sadovsky

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