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Kobach wins one, loses one on renters' ban

When a U.S. Court of Appeals recently upheld an ordinance in Fremont, Neb., banning landlords from renting to anyone who is in the country illegally, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who drafted the ordinance, said that the ruling would boost the legal prospects of a similar law in Farmers Branch, Texas. But on Monday a different U.S. Court of Appeals upheld a lower-court decision blocking that ordinance. The court said that multiple parts of the law were unconstitutional. Kobach served as attorney for Farmers Branch, which has spent nearly $6 million in legal bills and expenses related to its immigration laws.