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No red carpet: Texas town takes serious steps against illegal aliens
http://www.lubbockonline.com/stories/111306/sta_111306050.shtml ^ | Monday, November 13, 2006 | AP

Posted on 11/13/2006 7:10:07 AM PST by WestTexasWend

FARMERS BRANCH - This Dallas suburb could become the first city in Texas to adopt a sweeping ordinance intended to keep out illegal immigrants, a cause for concern among its large minority population.

More than 50 municipalities nationwide have considered, passed or rejected laws banning landlords from leasing to illegal immigrants, penalizing businesses that employ undocumented workers and making English the local official language.

But until now, that trend hasn't been matched in the Lone Star State.

"This is the first town in Texas that had the guts to do what's right," Susie Hart, who grew up in Farmers Branch, said during a recent demonstration outside City Hall. "The education system is tanking, health care has gone through the roof, everybody is bilingual."

Such sentiments and the proposed ordinance trouble many people in Texas, where many Latino families can trace their roots here to the era before statehood. "This is not just a Farmers Branch problem," Elizabeth Villafranca said of the proposal.

Villafranca, whose family owns a Mexican restaurant in Farmers Branch, said she worries that such laws will spread to other cities if the city council approves the proposal. The measure is expected to be submitted to the council on Monday, but there was no indication when it might be put to a vote.

Since 1970, Farmers Branch has changed from a small, predominantly white bedroom community with a declining population to a city of almost 28,000 people, about 37 percent of them Hispanic, according to the census.

It also is home to more than 80 corporate headquarters and more than 2,600 small and mid-size firms, many of them minority-owned.

The local debate over illegal immigration began in August and spawned demonstrations by both sides of the issue. Council members adopted a resolution criticizing the federal government for not aggressively addressing the issue.

A councilman has given city attorneys drafts of an ordinance that would make English the city's official language and proposals to fine companies and landlords who do business with illegal immigrants.

The Farmer's Branch proposal follows a vote this year in Hazleton, Pa., to fine landlords who rent to illegal immigrants, deny business permits to companies that employ them and require tenants to register and pay for a rental permit. However, a federal judge temporarily blocked enforcement of the Hazleton ordinance while he considers a lawsuit against the town by the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund, the American Civil Liberties Union and other groups.

More than a dozen other Pennsylvania cities have taken up similar ordinances, as have several others in the South and a handful in California.

Many of the towns and counties have based their ordinances on a model provided by the Immigration Reform Law Institute, which favors limits on immigration and is affiliated with the Federation for American Immigration Reform.

"They've all expressed a great deal of frustration with the failure of the federal government to respond" to illegal immigration, said Mike Hethmon, the institute's general counsel.

Critics fear the spread of anti-illegal immigration rules will lead to sanctioned discrimination and racism.

"It's basically saying those people are illegal in their very nature; it is all right to be against them because they are lawbreakers. Many people are assuming that all immigrants are lawbreakers, and that people who are different, who speak a different language, are to be shunned," said Cesar Perales, president and general counsel of the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Foreign Affairs; Mexico; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: aliens; borderwatch; bush; illegalimmigrants; immigrantlist; immigration; nationalsecurity; obl

1 posted on 11/13/2006 7:10:12 AM PST by WestTexasWend
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To: WestTexasWend

Just wait till a liberal" Feel your pain" judge gets a hold of this!


2 posted on 11/13/2006 7:12:20 AM PST by ustanker (The cave dwellers are happy!)
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To: WestTexasWend

It's a step in the right direction at least.


3 posted on 11/13/2006 7:12:29 AM PST by stm (It's time to take our country back from the surrender monkeys.)
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To: WestTexasWend

I heard ont he radio driving in this morning that the Mayor's house was vandalized with pro illegal slogans spray panted on.


4 posted on 11/13/2006 7:12:39 AM PST by Hydroshock ( (Proverbs 22:7). The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.)
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To: WestTexasWend

The mayor of this town has already had "Viva Mexico" spray painted on his house, lending further weight to the argument that these people aren't interested in THE LAW.


5 posted on 11/13/2006 7:13:58 AM PST by navyguy (We don't need more youth. What we need is a fountain of SMART.)
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To: navyguy

Look at where they come from, that should tell you where they get their respect for the law and authority.

This entire situation is becoming pandemic.


6 posted on 11/13/2006 7:18:25 AM PST by stm (It's time to take our country back from the surrender monkeys.)
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To: WestTexasWend
BUMP to anybody or any town that wants to get realistic about the damage being done to our country by these Criminal Aliens.

Same story, different headline, more comments:
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1737524/posts
7 posted on 11/13/2006 7:18:29 AM PST by upchuck (Republicans didn`t lose this time around because they were conservative, but because they WEREN`T!)
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To: WestTexasWend

The OBL with a North American Union agenda, supported by President Bush, will do everything in its power to keep open borders and the flow of illegals, in spite of 9/11:


http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/1686671/posts


8 posted on 11/13/2006 7:19:25 AM PST by Kimberly GG (Tancredo '08 www.firecoalition.com/www.unitedpatriotsofamerica.com)
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To: ustanker
There's a lie/ distortion IN THE VERY FIRST SENTENCE:

"...a cause for concern among its large minority population..."

Should say

"...a cause for concern among its large ILLEGAL ALIEN population..."

Gosh, the MSN wouldn't twist the truth in order to galvanize and create fear among the minority populace, would it? Golly.

9 posted on 11/13/2006 7:20:04 AM PST by -=SoylentSquirrel=- (Heston is STILL my President.)
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To: WestTexasWend

Pass and enforce the law. Law breaking is a no-no.


10 posted on 11/13/2006 7:20:57 AM PST by verbal voter
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To: WestTexasWend
I live in Farmers Branch. They are trying to make O'Hare out to be a bigot but he comes across in every interview as a man who is concerned about his community. He makes it abundantly clear he is only upset with illegal aliens.

I will be there in support of O'Hare today when they vote.

11 posted on 11/13/2006 7:34:24 AM PST by Bigoleelephant
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To: ustanker
This article contains a lot of tripe.

"...Such sentiments and the proposed ordinance trouble many people in Texas, where many Latino families can trace their roots here to the era before statehood...."

Statistically, .01% of all mexican-ancestry folks in Texas can trace their family back that far. It's statistically insignifigant. The author attempts to lump them all together with the illegals because hey, that's what the dumb caucasians do. As if the bad white people are attempting to expel citizens whose famblies have been here for over a hundred years. Whose the idiot who wrote this article? He should be prosecuted for racial incitement, if such a crime exists, or just gross stupidity.

12 posted on 11/13/2006 7:37:55 AM PST by -=SoylentSquirrel=- (Heston is STILL my President.)
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To: WestTexasWend

""It's basically saying those people are illegal in their very nature; it is all right to be against them because they are lawbreakers. Many people are assuming that all immigrants are lawbreakers, and that people who are different, who speak a different language, are to be shunned," said Cesar Perales, president and general counsel of the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund."

Complete and utter B.S.!


13 posted on 11/13/2006 7:39:03 AM PST by Bigh4u2 (Denial is the first requirement to be a liberal)
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To: WestTexasWend

Enough of the PC left wing crap. The illegal Mexicans are not immigrants. They are illegals. This PC rhetoric is getting more grandios all the time.

PC is a doctrine fostered by a delusional, illogical minority, and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end.

Immigrants make application, get their papers, and walk through the open gate. The illegals sneak across the border.

Go Farmers Branch!!


14 posted on 11/13/2006 7:47:24 AM PST by Concho (IRS--Americas real terrorist organization.)
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To: WestTexasWend

It's a good idea, but the ACLU will get it knocked down..we are no longer in control of our own nation.

But who knows?


15 posted on 11/13/2006 7:55:25 AM PST by Armedanddangerous (Master of Sinanju(Emeritus))
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To: -=SoylentSquirrel=-

If they dont vote, dont pay taxes and dont have drivers licenses...are they still considered residents?


16 posted on 11/13/2006 7:57:22 AM PST by Armedanddangerous (Master of Sinanju(Emeritus))
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To: Armedanddangerous

Sure, the liberals have them on the welfare rolls and on the voter registrations!!!


17 posted on 11/13/2006 8:01:04 AM PST by Concho (IRS--Americas real terrorist organization.)
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To: Concho

I'd say that guy...if he doesn't have a permit to carry, better be getting one soon.


18 posted on 11/13/2006 8:10:58 AM PST by Armedanddangerous (Master of Sinanju(Emeritus))
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To: WestTexasWend
I am really starting to like this approach of the localities acting on illegals. Maybe we will actually be better off with more gridlock on this at the national level for awhile. Local people have a better idea of the disastrous consequences of the illegal invasion and are better able to fight the battles with local folks behind them. Senators and Congressmen who live most of the time in Washington, D.C. really do not understand how this issue is hurting communities all across the country and therefore they are only hearing from people with ideological axes to grind against Mexicans, or the political sharpies like Karl Rove who only care about gaining votes from Hispanics, or the business lobby that only wants cheap labor.

If the ACLU starts suing every municipality in America, first it will sap the resources of the ACLU, and second, it might wake up the rest of America to what the ACLU is really trying to do. If more and more communities start to enact these ordinances, we might be able to shift this debate off of an ideological one to a more practical one which would lend itself better to actual solutions. Small towns are simply being swamped by the costs of providing education and health care and controlling crime caused by illegal aliens. They deserve our support to clean up this mess.

19 posted on 11/13/2006 8:24:23 AM PST by Dems_R_Losers (The people have spoken.......the housecleaning starts NOW!!)
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To: WestTexasWend

Hopefully, Sugar Land will do this as well.


20 posted on 11/13/2006 8:30:08 AM PST by GrouchoTex (...and ye shall know the Truth and the Truth shall set you free....)
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To: WestTexasWend

Hopefully, Sugar Land will do this as well.


21 posted on 11/13/2006 8:30:18 AM PST by GrouchoTex (...and ye shall know the Truth and the Truth shall set you free....)
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To: GrouchoTex

The crowning touch would be if the movement moves into New Mexico!!!!


22 posted on 11/13/2006 8:34:36 AM PST by Concho (IRS--Americas real terrorist organization.)
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To: 1_Inch_Group; 2sheep; 2Trievers; 3AngelaD; 3pools; 3rdcanyon; 4Freedom; 4ourprogeny; 7.62 x 51mm; ..

ping


23 posted on 11/13/2006 9:53:26 AM PST by gubamyster
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To: WestTexasWend
"The education system is tanking, health care has gone through the roof, everybody is bilingual."

All this is OK with our President, he wants America to be Amexico, and the gutless wonders from both parties who have followed his lead think it's OK too.

For anyone who still thinks GWB is a "conservative", I have some swampland for sale.

24 posted on 11/13/2006 1:35:35 PM PST by janetgreen (MEXICAN INVASION - NO SHOTS FIRED BY WASHINGTON)
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To: WestTexasWend

Get those doggies rollin'..Move 'em up! Head 'em out! RAWHIDE!!!


25 posted on 11/13/2006 1:52:58 PM PST by dennisw ("For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks-- Matt. 12:34)
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To: gubamyster

Bttt!


26 posted on 11/13/2006 2:29:21 PM PST by TheLion
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To: WestTexasWend
... Farmers Branch has changed from a small, predominantly white bedroom community

What is a bedroom community?
27 posted on 11/13/2006 6:32:47 PM PST by Sweet_Sunflower29 (<><)
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To: Bigoleelephant

I'm anxious to hear how things went tonight. Please ping me to wherever you'll be posting your report. Please don't push 1 to hear my "Thank you" in English.


28 posted on 11/13/2006 7:44:51 PM PST by getmeouttaPalmBeachCounty_FL ( **Hunter-Tancredo-Weldon-Hayworth 4 President**)
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To: Sweet_Sunflower29

Just another term for "suburb".


29 posted on 11/13/2006 8:35:46 PM PST by WestTexasWend (NO OIL FOR APPEASERS)
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To: WestTexasWend
This is the way to give the ACLU a taste of their own medicine.

Hundreds, maybe thousands of small towns taking action and the ACLU forced into bankruptcy trying to stop them all in court.

Yo, ACLU, sue this!

LOL!

30 posted on 11/13/2006 8:54:54 PM PST by 4Freedom (America is no longer the 'Land of Opportunity'. It's the 'Land of Illegal Alien Opportunists'!!!)
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To: getmeouttaPalmBeachCounty_FL

Farmers Branch passed it 6-0.

http://apnews.myway.com/article/20061114/D8LCK8100.html


31 posted on 11/14/2006 4:40:49 AM PST by No Blue States
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To: WestTexasWend
For later.

L

32 posted on 11/14/2006 4:42:19 AM PST by Lurker ("A liberal thinks they can sleep in and someone will cover their lame ass."Ted Nugent)
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To: Bigoleelephant

pingage


33 posted on 11/14/2006 4:43:32 AM PST by No Blue States
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To: All

It passed >>>

http://freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1738112/posts


34 posted on 11/14/2006 6:46:15 AM PST by WestTexasWend (NO OIL FOR APPEASERS)
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To: WestTexasWend

This won't be much of a problem. The larger cities in the metroplex will bring FB back into line with nary a wimper.


35 posted on 11/14/2006 6:53:30 AM PST by Melas (Offending stupid people since 1963)
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To: No Blue States

My alarm went off to Ankarlo talking about this news, and it made me wonder if I was actually awake. I still cannot believe it. Believe me, I am thrilled there is still common sense in the world, but I grow cynical with each year.

And on a side note, Ankarlo is going to have his work cut out for him in Phoenix.

My hat's off to everyone associated with this vote in Farmer's Branch!!


36 posted on 11/14/2006 7:41:44 AM PST by getmeouttaPalmBeachCounty_FL ( **Hunter-Tancredo-Weldon-Hayworth 4 President**)
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