Supreme court denies hearing for discriminatory housing ordinance in Texas

Gavel - KXAN File
Gavel - KXAN File

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A city ordinance that would have required people to prove their immigration status to rent residential property in Farmers Branch, Texas was shot down on Monday.

The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear Farmers Branch’s appeal after the ordinance was ruled to be in direct conflict with federal immigration law. City leaders in Farmers Branch have spent millions, and seven years, defending the ordinance.

In 2006, the city passed a series of housing ordinances designed to prevent undocumented immigrants from renting apartments or homes. The ACLU, ACLU of Texas and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund fought each of the ordinances in federal court. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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