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Farmers Branch loses long, pricey immigration fight

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Farmers Branch's eight-year, $6 million-plus fight on immigration-related lawsuits to ban undocumented immigrants has come to an end.

The U.S. Supreme Court said Monday that it would not hear an appeal from Farmers Branch on a city ordinance that would have required all renters to obtain city licenses and for a city official to deny licenses to anyone found to be here illegally.

Mayor Bill Glancy said he was disappointed by the Supreme Court decision. Like Barletta, he felt city officials were trying to step in where the federal government had failed.

"Everybody seems to be interested in the status quo," Glancy said. "It's kind of frustrating, that you'd think people would want solutions to problems."

Glancy supports reforms to allow some legal immigrants and some of those living here illegally grants to become U.S. citizens, and wants Farmers Branch to remain an appealing place for people of diverse backgrounds, he said.

"The people are moving here because they feel like it's a city and a community that tries to stand up for the rule of law," Glancy said. "And that's what this case is all about: The rule of law."

Since it passed its first ordinance in 2006, Farmers Branch has faced multiple lawsuits, but it has also elected its first Latina councilwoman and continues to grow.

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