“If I was a typical red-blooded American, I’d say a requirement to become a citizen here is to be able to read and speak English,” he said. “But the fact is, we’re dealt those cards from a higher level. It is what it is.”

Ballots For Anti-Illegal Immigrant Ordinance To Be Bilingual
NBC 5 Dallas/Fort Worth
March 17, 2007

FARMERS BRANCH, Texas — To comply with state law, ballots and election materials related to an anti-illegal immigrant ordinance going to Farmers Branch voters May 12 will be printed in English and Spanish.

The controversial ordinance would require apartment landlords to check the immigration status of their tenants.

In November, council members also approved resolutions making English the city’s official language and allowing local authorities to become part of a federal program so they can enforce immigration laws.

Ordinance supporter Tom Bohmier said he doesn’t see any irony in printing ballots in Spanish.

“If I was a typical red-blooded American, I’d say a requirement to become a citizen here is to be able to read and speak English,” he said. “But the fact is, we’re dealt those cards from a higher level. It is what it is.”

Bruce Sherbet, the Dallas County elections administrator, said every election requires ballots in Spanish and English, a requirement since 1975.

Some areas in Texas also have had to print election-related items in Vietnamese, Pueblo and Kickapoo languages, according to the secretary of state’s Web site.

Farmers Branch has been sued by civil rights groups, residents, property owners and business people challenging the rental ordinance. Opponents of the ordinance also submitted a petition that forced the citywide vote on the issue, a move allowed under the city’s charter.

Farmers Branch in suburban Dallas has changed from a small, predominantly white bedroom community with a declining population in the 1970s to a city of almost 28,000 people, about 37 percent of them Hispanic, according to the U.S. Census. It also is home to more than 80 corporate headquarters and more than 2,600 small and mid-size firms, many of them minority-owned.


6 Responses to “Ballots For Farmers Branch Anti-Illegal Immigrant Ordinance To Be Bilingual”

  1. 1 Eddie B.

    Bucket!

  2. 2 DfD

    English, spanish, gaelic, it don’t matter! Make sure they understand what an ILLEGAL ALIEN is, and what DEPORTATION means! That’s what happens to illegal aliens. Si Se Puede!

  3. 3 Vincent Narodnik

    Anyone suggesting that voting should be done “bi-lingually” should just be honest and say he wants the ballots to be printed in Moron. or Traitor. (Those two languages are the lingua franca in El Washingt0n.

  4. 4 1Madmomma

    They really do want illegals to vote, I believe that. Our ballots should be uno-lingual, period, dot……… Dumb ass’s know, people that have no right to vote, will be voting. They don’t even have enough common sense to know they will be voted out, and replaced by a Mr. Madrano, Mr Lopez, etc. Pitiful stupid!

  5. 5 George(formerly-Ed)

    does the law say it has to be printed forward like this or can it be printed up side down & backwards or all scrambled up????

  6. 6 1Madmomma

    I wonder how long it would take a majority of hispanic leaders to insist that the ballots be in just spanish, so they could eliminate our vote completely?

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