Villas at Parkside Partners, et al. v. City of Farmers Branch, Texas, No. 10-10751 (5th Cir. 2012)Annotate this Case
The City appealed the district court's summary judgment enjoining it from implementing a purported housing ordinance that required all adults living in rental housing within the City to obtain an occupancy license conditioned upon the occupant's citizenship or lawful immigration status. The court concluded that the ordinance's sole purpose was not to regulate housing but to exclude undocumented aliens, specifically Latinos, from the City and that it was an impermissible regulation of immigration. The court held that the ordinance was unconstitutional and presented an obstacle to federal authority on immigration and the conduct of foreign affairs. Therefore, the court affirmed the judgment of the district court.
The court issued a Revised version of this opinion on April 9, 2012. The court issued a Revised version of this opinion on July 31, 2012. The court issued a Revised version of this opinion on July 23, 2013.