Tomball City Council To Vote on Illegal Immigrant Laws

The Tomball City Council could vote tonight on some new laws designed to fight illegal immigration. As David Pitman reports, the ordinances bear a strong resemblance to what a Dallas suburb passed a few years ago.

One of the laws on tonight’s city council agenda in Tomball does not specifically mention immigration, but it does call for English to be adopted as the city’s official language.

The other two laws explicitly target illegal immigrants.  One would forbid people in this country illegally from renting or owning a home or operating a business within city limits.

The other would mandate all Tomball city contractors and their subcontractors hire only legal immigrant labor.

Three years ago, voters in the Dallas suburb of Farmers Branch passed a referendum calling for fines against landlords who rent to illegal immigrants.  They also adopted an English-only policy, and gave local police the authority to screen illegal immigrants in custody.  The laws have been tied up in court challenges since they were passed, and have never been enforced.


David Pitman

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