5th Circ. Kills Texas Town's Anti-Immigrant Apartment Law

Law360, Los Angeles (March 22, 2012, 5:21 PM EDT) -- The Fifth Circuit on Wednesday affirmed a lower court’s decision striking down a Texas city’s ordinance requiring renters to prove their legal presence in the U.S., saying the law unconstitutionally conflicts with the federal government’s exclusive authority over immigration.

A majority of the three-judge appeals panel rejected arguments by the city of Farmers Branch that a local ordinance making it a crime for illegal immigrants to rent housing in the city is presumptively valid because it regulates housing — an area traditionally regulated by the states...
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