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Escondido Passes Landlord Ordinance

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Aired 4/19/09

The Escondido City Council passed a controversial measure last night that prohibits landlords from renting to illegal immigrants. The law goes into effect in thirty days. Though the ACLU plans to ask for an injunction and sue. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has the story.

Minutemen and other supporters erupted into cheers after the three to two vote. Some planned to go for drinks to celebrate. Others plotted which cities they could get to approve a similar ordinance next. Councilman Sam Abed called it a historic day for Escondido. 

Abed: We are very proud to lead the country in defending our city and the nation.

The ordinance requires landlords who someone suspects is renting to illegal immigrants, to submit documents to the city detailing their tenants’ immigration status. The city will give that information to the federal government to verify. Landlords will then have ten days to evict renters who are here illegally, or face fines.

ACLU Executive Director Kevin Keenan says the measure is unconstitutional. Amy Isackson, KPBS News.

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