Groups sue suburb over illegal immigrant ordinance

DALLAS (AP) -- Latino advocates and a civil liberties group have filed a federal lawsuit against a Dallas suburb whose officials are trying to drive out illegal immigrants.

The groups say the plan by the city of Farmers Branch to ask house and apartment renters to obtain a license is unconstitutional. Rental applicants would be run through a federal database to check their immigration status.

The lawsuit filed Friday by the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund and the American Civil Liberties Union Immigrants' Rights Project is the latest facing Farmers Branch.

The suburb faces several other lawsuits in a nearly two-year battle over measures attempting to keep illegal immigrants from living there.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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