American suburbs have started to absorb more immigrants, as approximately 40% of new immigrants move into the burbs from their countries of origin. I also recently found this article about the effort to control home colors in a Dallas suburb. In Latin America, it is not unusual to find brightly colored homes and buildings, but that often doesn’t mesh well with the sterile vanilla style of American suburbia (at least the kind of suburbia that has cropped up in recent decades where all of the homes look exactly like the next). Factored into this, I can see the desire to keep home colors regulated to a certain extent to preserve historical districts and property values. Nobody likes living next to an eyesore, but one person’s pretty could be the next man’s ugly, so there’s a level of subjectivity with regard to color preferences.
In the article about home colors, I learned that the city council of Farmers Branch, Texas has required apartment managers to verify the immigration status of all renters. In essence, the apartment managers are being asked to perform an ICE function without the pay and are subject to $500 per day fines for violations of this ordinance. This week California became the first state in the nation to prohibit landlords from inquiring about the immigration status of its citizens. I don’t think that landlords or apartment managers should be verifying immigration status without being trained in how to do so or without the funding to take on such an effort. It seems like a big bureaucratic undertaking, in addition to the issue of potential legal tenants being harassed and profiled out of a rental property because they might “look” like they are illegal.