Dallas Suburb Continues Expensive Immigration Court Fight

Apr 13, 2012


FARMERS BRANCH, Texas (AP) — A Dallas suburb that has tried to ban housing rents by undocumented immigrants will continue its appeals court fight for the ban.

Farmers Branch has spent nearly $5 million on immigration-related lawsuits, mostly over a city ordinance that would bar undocumented immigrants from renting and penalize landlords that rent to them. Last month, a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower-court ruling blocking implementation of that ban.

Kris Kobach, an attorney for the city, told The Associated Press on Thursday that the city will appeal to the full New Orleans-based appeals court. He says he expects the whole court to uphold the law based on previous court rulings.

Kobach is Kansas secretary of state and an advocate for tougher immigration laws.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.