Latino activists and civil liberties advocates asked a federal judge Tuesday to block a voter-approved ordinance that would prohibit landlords from renting apartments to most illegal immigrants in the Dallas suburb of Farmers Branch. The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund and the American Civil Liberites Union, which have already sued the city over the regulation, asked for the temporary restraining order in U.S. District Court. A group of merchants also suing Farmers Branch in federal court filed a separate request Tuesday to stop the ordinanceâ€™s enforcement, said activist Carlos Quintanilla. â€œIt is unfortunate that the residents of Farmers Branch have chosen to implement a law which is not only bad policy, but is likely also unconstitutional,â€ said Lisa Graybill, legal director for the ACLU of Texas. â€œNow the issue will have to be resolved in federal court.â€
The ACLU and MALDEF contend poor families could be thrown out of homes because of the ordinance. And, the groups say, families in which some people are undocumented and others are citizens or legal immigrants could be forced to either move or split up.
Matthew Boyle, an attorney representing Farmers Branch, said the request for the restraining order isnâ€™t surprising and that the city is preparing a response. â€œI think theyâ€™re wasting their time. I think we have legal grounds â€¦ moral grounds,â€ councilman Ben Robinson said of the groupsâ€™ request.
Farmers Branch voters became the first in the nation Saturday to prohibit landlords from renting apartments to most illegal immigrants. The ban was approved by a vote of 68 percent to 32 percent, according to unofficial resultsâ€¦..
What the hell? The voters vote and the ACLU are pissed off and says they are wrong? What is the sense in voting if the votes can be tossed aside cause the ACLU want to whine about it? It all comes down to this: If you want to live and/or work in America then you are more then welcome to but do it legally and stop trying to turn America into your country. Allowing illegal immigrants to live and work in our country is one hell of a slap in the face to the immigrants that came here legally. And doesn’t the US Constitution only apply to American citizens?