You almost have to admire their perverse level of determination.
The Dallas suburb that jumped into the nationwide debate over immigration plans to take up another law to force out undocumented immigrants.
The Farmers Branch City Council plans to consider a new ordinance Tuesday banning landlords from renting apartments and houses to illegal immigrants. It would require the city and federal government, not the landlords, to determine who is in the country legally, The Dallas Morning News reported on its Web site Thursday.
“I am confident this new proposal is consistent with the intent of Farmers Branch voters, and will withstand any legal challenges,” Mayor Pro Tem Tim O’Hare, who led the city’s original efforts against illegal immigrants, told The Associated Press in an e-mail.
The new proposal would require adults wanting to lease a house or apartment in Farmers Branch to obtain an occupancy license from the city. People seeking the license would have to provide information about their citizenship or legal status. The information would be checked against a federal database to determine if applicants are in the country legally.
If federal authorities can’t confirm a person has permission to live in the country, the license holder and landlord would be notified. The renter would have 60 days to provide proof of legal status.
Violations of the ordinance could result in a fine of up to $500 per day.
Jeez. Why not demand a set of fingerprints and a DNA sample while you’re at it? It just boggles my mind that someone who would surely call himself a “conservative” thinks it’s a good idea to get the local and federal government involved in the process of renting an apartment. Barry Goldwater must be spinning in his grave.
But hey, you go right ahead, Farmers Branch. Go ahead and destroy your village in order to save it. Maybe something good will arise from the rubble some day.