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Farmers Branch postpones immigrant law vote

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FARMERS BRANCH, Texas -

The fight to keep illegal immigrants from renting apartments in Farmers Branch will continue, after city leaders decided to postpone a vote on the controversial ordinance.

The 2006 ordinance fined landlords who rented to illegal aliens, made English the official language of the city and allowed police to screen the legal status of people in custody.

Two city councils passed the ordinance in the past, but the city has lost every federal court battle to prove the law is constitutional, the latest just two weeks ago.

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the or dance overrules federal immigration law.

Residents debated Tuesday whether to move forward with an appeal.

"The tail has been wagging the dog for far too long. We need to cut our losses," Elizabeth Villafranca, who opposes the appeal, said. "What part of illegal don't we understand?"

But some argued the issue is about more than money.

"This is important as a country, this is important as a city, as a state and it falls in your laps," Rick Johnson, an appeal supporter, said.

The seven-year legal battle cost the small city $6 million dollars, and up to $3 million more in the other side's attorney fees.

Council members say they'll make a decision in October.

 

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