Across the nation, towns reject anti-immigrant laws

The Houston suburb of Tomball, Texas became the latest community to reject anti-immigrant ordinances, turning down proposals to make English the town's official language and to prohibit undocumented immigrants from renting property or owning businesses. Local lawmakers in Nebraska, Idaho, and Ohio have recently pulled back from efforts to enact harsh anti-immigrant measures after the towns of  Farmers Branch, Texas and  Hazleton, Pennsylvania racked up millions in legal costs defending their own anti-immigrant ordinances against legal challenges. The public backlash against Arizona's anti-immigrant SB1070 has also raised worries among residents about potential damage to their town's reputation. "Why put this wonderful city on the national map of racism and hatred?" asked Tomball resident David Smith.