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Sunday, May 13, 2007

Voters in Texas Suburb OK Anti-Illegal Immigrant Ordinance

Voters in Texas Suburb OK Anti-Illegal Immigrant Ordinance
Sunday, May 13, 2007

FARMERS BRANCH, Texas — Voters in this Dallas suburb became the first in the nation Saturday to prohibit landlords from renting to most illegal immigrants.

The ban was approved by a vote of 68 percent to 32 percent in final, unofficial returns.

The balloting marked the first public vote on a local government measure to crack down on illegal immigration.

"It says especially to Congress that we're tired of the out-of-control illegal immigration problem. That if Congress doesn't do something about it, cities will," said Tim O'Hare, a City Council member who was the ordinance's lead proponent.

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

Property managers or owners who break the rule face a misdemeanor charge punishable by a fine of up to $500.

Council members approved the ordinance in November, then revised it in January to include exemptions for minors, seniors and some families with a mix of legal residents and illegal immigrants.

Farmers Branch has become the site of protests and angry confrontations, and opponents of the regulation gathered enough signatures to force the city to put the measure on the municipal election ballot.

With Saturday's approval of the ban, opponents plan to fight it in court, and will seek a restraining order to stop the city from enforcing it.


Read the entire AP article courtesy of Fox News at the above link.

Me, I'm shaking my head over this.... "Let the voters decide!" But, when the voters decide in favor of the ordinance, the opponents cry "Foul!"

Why am I not surprised? It's just another indication of just how much (or truthfully, how little) they actually respect the democratic process.

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