Nina Perales Strikes Down Anti-Immigrant Ordinance

Former Skadden Fellow Nina Perales (’90) was quoted in an NBC 5 KXAS article about a decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit to strike down an anti-immigrant ordinance enacted by Farmers Branch, a city in Dallas County, Texas (“Farmers Branch Immigrant Housing Law Blocked Again,” July 23). MALDEF, where Nina is vice president of litigation, challenged the ordinance, which requires renters to obtain licenses that would be denied to ineligible immigrants. The en banc review by the Fifth Circuit came after a three-judge panel also struck down the ordinance, finding its enforcement conflicts with federal law. “It is our sincere hope that [Farmers Branch] will accept the court’s ruling, stop wasting the taxpayers’ money, and move on to issues of real public concern,” Nina said. She also discussed the case on national radio news program “To the Point,” produced by NPR affiliate KCRW and Public Radio International (“Attorney General Eric Holder on Collision Course With Texas on Voting Rights,” July 29).