Have visa — will rent

The good thing about immigration-related stories is that they still manage to surprise me.

Take Farmers Branch, a suburb of Dallas with a population of 27,000. According to the New York Times, some 6,000 residents of the suburb this week voted on a contentious proposal to ban landlords from renting apartments to illegal immigrants. 68 percent voted in favor of the ban.

I wonder if those same voters in favor of the ban will be happy to have their gardeners, maids and cook sleeping in parks. Well, after all Dallas is no New York so they might be able to endure the weather.

One more fun fact about Farmers Branch. It is one of 88 municipalities in 27 states that have tried to pass rental bans or English-only provisions aimed at illegal immigrants since 2006.

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