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SCOTUS Refuses Appeal for Farmers Branch

SCOTUS Refuses Appeal for Farmers Branch

A nearly 8-year legal battle over a city ordinance in Farmers Branch, TX has come to an end after the Supreme Court of the United States refused to hear an appeal.

The refusal upholds the 3rd and 5th Circuit Court rulings that say the ordinance is unconstitutional.  The case revolves around a Farmers Branch ordinance instituted in 2006, that required landlords to check immigration status on tenants.

The case was brought on by the Texas American Civil Liberties Union, claiming the ordinance violated the Supremacy Clause of the Constitution.  That clause states that only the federal government is responsible for enforcing immigration law.

Texas ACLU Executive Director Terri Burke says it has been a long battle, "This is really the end of the road for Farmers Branch.  I hope that they'll finally get on with the real business of the city." 

The ruling by the Supreme Court doesn't just affect Farmers Branch, the ruling also struck down a similar ordinance in Hazelton, Pennsylvania.

 

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