Farmers Branch Seeks Rehearing on Illegal Immigrant Ban

City petitions to rehear case blocking immigration law

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    Luke Villarreal, left, argues immigration policy with Jane Patterson outside of City Hall on Nov. 13, 2006, in Farmers Branch.

    Farmers Branch has asked for a rehearing by a full federal appeals court of an order that overturned a city ban on housing rentals by illegal immigrants.

    The city sought the rehearing after a three-judge 5th Circuit Court panel upheld in March a lower-court ruling that blocked implementation of the city ordinance. That ordinance would bar illegal immigrants from renting and penalize landlords who rent to them.

    The city wants the rehearing before deciding whether or not to move on to an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

    Farmers Branch has spent nearly $5 million on immigration-related lawsuits, mostly over a city ordinance that would bar illegal immigrants from renting and penalize landlords that rent to them.