Three civil rights organizations have weighed in on a federal lawsuit over the City of Fremont’s immigration policies.
The Fair Housing Center of Nebraska-Iowa, the National Fair Housing Alliance and the National Council of La Raza filed a “friend of the court” motion to the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in a lawsuit that seeks to nullify a controversial Fremont ordinance.
The ordinance, passed in 2008, required Fremont landlords to register with the Police Department for an occupancy license. Police would use the information to run an immigration check of potential tenants. It would be illegal to provide housing to those who lack authorization to be in this country.
But before the ordinance could go into effect, U.S. District Judge Laurie Smith Camp rejected a key provision, saying requiring landlords to evict illegal immigrants ran counter to federal immigration policy.
The ordinance’s other major requirement took effect in May. It requires that businesses with at least one employee use a federal system known as E-Verify to confirm workers’ employment status.
Smith Camp’s ruling was appealed, and the appellate court must either affirm her decision or overturn it.
The three civil rights organizations sided with the American Civil Liberties Union and others who oppose the ordinance.
“The City of Fremont is blatantly discriminating against the Latino population while pretending not to,” said Shanna L. Smith, president and CEO of the National Fair Housing Alliance.
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