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Dallas suburb enforced ordinance targeting illegal immigrants despite injunction

[JURIST] An city official with Farmers Branch, Texas [official website; JURIST news archive] said Monday that city officials have accidentally issued several city rental license applications designed to enforce an anti-immigration measure [Ordinance 2952, PDF], sending out the applications requiring landlords to verify the legal residency of prospective tenants. Opponents of the measure, who have obtained a temporary restraining order against its enforcement, are filing a contempt of court motion and plan to ask the federal court to sanction Farmers Branch.

The ordinance, passed [JURIST report] by the Dallas suburb's City Council in January, is being challenged for being passed in violation of the Texas Open Meetings Act [PDF text] because the City Council passed it quickly and secretly during a meeting to discuss legal challenges against a previous measure, Ordinance 2903 [DOC text]. The Dallas Morning News has local coverage.

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