TribLIVE

| USWorld


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Nebraska city's immigration law valid, appeals court rules

Email Newsletters

Click here to sign up for one of our email newsletters.

Daily Photo Galleries

By The Associated Press
Friday, June 28, 2013, 6:00 p.m.
 

OMAHA — An eastern Nebraska city's ordinance that bans employing or renting property to people who are not in America legally is valid, a federal appeals panel ruled on Friday, opening the door for Freemont to begin enforcing its law.

In 2010, voters in the city of about 26,000 approved the measure. The ordinance also required businesses to use federal E-verify software to check on potential employees.

Last year, U.S. District Judge Laurie Smith Camp ruled that the part of the 2010 ordinance denying housing permits to those not in the country legally is discriminatory and interferes with federal law.

Two judges of a three-member panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected that reasoning, leading the majority to reverse the ruling and vacate the lower court's injunction against that part of the ordinance.

Judge James Loken wrote that the plaintiffs — several U.S.-born Latino home renters and a Fremont landlord — failed to show the law was intended to discriminate against Latinos or that it intrudes on federal law.

Judge Steven Colloton agreed with the reversal and vacating of the injunction but said the plaintiffs lacked standing in the case, noting that they did not show how they had been harmed by Fremont's law.

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.

 

 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Nation

  1. Unhappiness over plan to unfreeze billions in oil revenue for Iran threatens nuclear bill in Senate
  2. ‘Organic’ tag on water-raised produce raises ire
  3. House demands details of Taliban detainees swap for Bergdahl
  4. Florida fraternity members spit on disabled veterans at retreat
  5. Bomb threat clears Statue of Liberty
  6. Hostility at VA lingers, panel told
  7. 15 buffalo that escaped from farm killed in upstate N.Y.
  8. HIV cases tied to drug use multiply daily in Indiana
  9. Holder delivers farewell address
  10. Magma chamber spied under Yellowstone volcano
  11. Footage of protesters walking on flag sparks strife at Georgia university