Villas at Parkside Partners v. City of Farmers Branch

Morris Baller, Joseph Jaramillo, and Roberto Concepcion, Jr., along with co-counsel LatinoJustice PRLDEF, filed a brief in support of Plaintiffs/Appellees in the Fifth Circuit in Villas at Parkside Partners v. City of Farmers Branch, addressing how the City enacted an anti-immigrant housing ordinance with the intent of discriminating against Latinos, regardless of their immigration status. The brief supported plaintiffs who obtained a ruling that a local ordinance of Farmers Branch, Texas was unconstitutional because it invaded and interfered with the federal government’s power to control immigration and remove undocumented aliens. In the ordinance, the City imposed numerous restrictions and prohibitions on the ability of property owners to rent apartments to immigrants, and established procedures and requirements for renters to obtain and occupy apartment rentals that were designed to make it impossible for certain immigrants to reside in the City, and would have had a deterrent effect on Latino citizens and legal immigrants wishing to reside in the City. Our brief focused on the blatantly racist and anti-immigrant purpose and effect of what the City claimed was merely an exercise of its regulatory power over local housing.

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