Well, despite the assertations of the Democratic Party that their wins in the mid-term elections actually means that most of America believes in liberal immigration issues, the anti-illegal-immigrant backlash continues.
The latest governmental entity to decide to do what their elected officials in Washington, DC refuse to is the city government of Farmer's Branch, Texas.
Last month, the city council of this small suburb of Dallas joined 60 other municipalities around the nation and passed a city ordinance -- unanimously -- requiring that landlords must establish that potential renters are either American citizens or have proper residency status before renting property to them. Renting property to illegal immigrants would net the landlord a $500 fine per day of occupancy.
They also passed an ordinance declaring English to be the official language of the city and allowing the city Police Department to participate in the enforcing of Federal immigration laws.
All measures were due to take effect Friday, 12JAN2007 -- tomorrow.
While I did note that with this measure Farmer's Branch joins about 60 other municipalities around the United States with this ordinance, it should also be noted that Farmer's Branch is the first town in the State of Texas to pass such laws.
As one might expect, the screaming has been fierce.
The Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF) and the ACLU managed to get a Texas District Judge to issue a 14-day restraining order against enforcing this ordinance -- on the grounds that part of the process of drafting the ordinance violated the Texas Open Meetings Act.
Both MALDEF and the ACLU -- along with the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) -- are also filing further lawsuits in both State and Federal Courts on multiple grounds.
The city has placed the measure on the ballot, and on 12MAY2007, the citizens of Farmer's Branch will be able to vote 'Yea' or 'Nay' to this anti-illegal-immigration measure.
Right now my crystal ball predicts two surefire things:
1) No matter which way the Good Citizens of Farmer's branch vote on May 12, it will be a long time before the legal challenges in State and Federal Court are done; and
2) Anti-illegal-immigrant measures are going to get worse until the U.S. Congress pulls it's collective thumb out of it's fundament and does something meaningful about the illegal immigrant problem in this country.
Keep an eye on this one, folks: it could wind up as history in the making.