The Fremont City Council is expected to discuss tonight how to proceed now that a federal judge has upheld part of the controversial immigration ordinance is passed in June 2012.
The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at 400 E. Military Ave.
On Feb. 20, U.S. District Court Judge Laurie Smith Camp threw out portions of the ordinance that barred landlords from providing housing to illegal immigrants. But she let stand provisions that require employers to verify the immigration status of their workers and require tenants to obtain an “occupancy license” before they can rent a house or apartment.
Both sides have 30 days from Camp's ruling to decide whether to appeal to the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
Fremont voters adopted the immigration ordinance in June 2010 in a special election that gained national attention. Opponents quickly challenged it in court and, in July 2010, the City Council put its enforcement on hold until 14 days after a final court ruling.
That means that as early as March 4, people who want to live in an apartment or rent a house in Fremont must first obtain a $5 license from the Police Department that includes their name, date of birth and citizenship status, said Kris Kobach, the Kansas attorney who represented the City of Fremont in the case.
Sixty days later, by May 4, employers within Fremont's city limits will be required to use the federal government's E-Verify program when they hire workers, he said. Right now, the program is voluntary, though many businesses already use it.
Fremont City Attorney Paul Payne said the Fremont City Council will discuss the ruling at its Feb. 28 meeting.
Check back with Omaha.com for updates after the meeting.
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