California landlords can't ask about immigration status

Kudos to California for a great decision.

Calif. law bars landlords from asking about immigration status
— Houston Chronicle

California has become the first state to prohibit landlords from asking
tenants about their immigration status, drawing sighs of relief from
property owners who were concerned they might have to be “de-facto
immigration cops.”

The law signed this week by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenneger prevents
cities from punishing landlords who rent to illegal immigrants. More
than 90 communities nationwide have tried to curb illegal immigration
by proposing crackdowns on property owners who rent to them or
businesses that employ them, among other measures.

Supporters of tighter immigration control said the California law
would prevent local governments from acting on an issue where the
federal government has failed.

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