Dallas 'Burb Goes to Court in Fight to Ban Illegal Renters
Landlords who rent to aliens could face fees, disbarment
By Liam Carnahan, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 19, 2012 8:06 AM CDT
In this Nov. 13, 2006 file photo, former Marine Sgt. Salvador Parada speaks to protesters during a rally outside city hall in Farmers Branch, Texas.   (AP Photo/Rex C. Curry, File)

(Newser) – The small Dallas suburb of Farmers Branch has Arizona's recent immigration law looking downright liberal, and it's about to get its day in court. Farmers Branch has spent years and about $6 million in its effort to bar illegal immigrants from rental housing, reports the AP. And today, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals is taking a rare second look at the controversial measure, which would require all renters to buy a $5 city license, fill out an application focused on their legal status, and be approved by a city building inspector.

The measure actually has a shot this time, explains the AP, because the judges involved, the 5th's full membership, are largely conservative. But only a few months ago, a three-judge panel from the same body turned it down. The court's ruling would be binding only in Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi, but other courts are considering similar laws, and it could have a ripple effect in the nation's contentious immigration debate.

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Sep 19, 2012 2:08 PM CDT
This law would be a disaster to real estate management. Imagine the backlog that will ensue as the govt. organization is underfunded. The longer a apt stays empty, the more money is wasted. If multiple applications are filled out for same apt, multiple checks must be done. How would we deal with people who come to America to go to school, and rent the apt before they even fly into the country---happens every year in my building. It will be a big fat mess. I thought the point was "less regulation is better."
Sep 19, 2012 12:22 PM CDT
This kind of makes sense. If illegals cannot work or live cheap and easy in the US then why come? This takes the benefits away and levels the field so to speak. My problem is not that they are coming to the US. It is that these people are straining our system and using resources without paying into the system. Either deport them and stop the freeloading or give them a means and method to pay into SS, medicaid, taxes, etc. Once they no longer can be paid under the table and avoid payroll taxes, then the low pay they receive doesn't seem so worth it to them or employers. Illegals reap the benefits without paying any dues into our system and they take away from everyone else while doing so.
Sep 19, 2012 12:03 PM CDT
Can't they just borrow from their parents? When is Romney going to pay his taxes?