Judge Grants MALDEF, ACLU Request For Temporary Restraining Order In Immigration Ordinance Challenge

TRO blocks ordinance from going into effect May 22, 2007

May 21, 2007

FARMERS BRANCH, TX – The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Foundation of Texas won a request for a temporary restraining order (TRO) today to block implementation of an anti-immigrant ordinance in Farmers Branch. The ordinance was initially adopted by the Farmers Branch City Council in January and was recently approved by Farmers Branch residents in a vote on Saturday, May 12. The TRO blocks the ordinance from going into effect tomorrow as scheduled.

Last week, attorneys for the ACLU and MALDEF filed the TRO application to block implementation of the ordinance. U.S. District Court Judge Sam A. Lindsay today granted the requests.

“We are grateful that the court recognized the potential harm to landlords and tenants in Farmers Branch, should this unconstitutional ordinance have gone into effect,” said Lisa Graybill, Legal Director for the ACLU of Texas. “We are confident that the court's preliminary findings will be sustained as the litigation moves forward.”

“Today’s ruling sends a clear message that Farmers Branch’s ordinance, and other similar anti-immigrant ordinances blocked by courts around the country, are an illegal attempt to usurp federal power to regulate immigration,” said Nina Perales, Southwest Regional Counsel for MALDEF.

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