A Cherokee County ordinance criminalized the renting or leasing of housing to “illegal aliens.” Failure to comply with this ordinance could have resulted in the suspension of the dwelling-unit owner’s business license which would have effectively prevented the owner from being able to collect rent from any tenant or occupant. As a result of the ordinance, racial and ethnic profiling of American citizens would have become a routine practice.

The ACLU of Georgia filed suit on behalf of a landlord and six anonymous renters. The ACLU has also challenged similar laws in Pennsylvania, California, New Jersey, Texas, and Missouri. On January 4th, 2007, the District Court for the Northern District of Georgia granted a preliminary injunction against the enforcement of the law. Following rulings on the same issue in Missouri and Pennsylvania, the District Court administratively closed the case on August 28th, 2007.

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