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ACLU Challenges Escondido Landlord Ordinance in Court

The American Civil Liberties Union is back in court today in San Diego hoping to shut down Escondido’s controversial ban on renting to undocumented immigrants.

The ACLU lawsuit alleges that a law recently passed by Escondido illegally punishes landlords for renting to illegal immigrants. It asks the court to stop the law from taking effect Friday. The City Council voted 3-to-2 last month to require landlords to submit documentation of their tenants' immigration status to the city, which would then verify that information with the federal government.

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