The accelerating trend of local victories against illegal aliens continued Monday, as a Federal Judge in Nebraska upheld most of a hard-fought Fremont ordinance intended to keep illegal aliens out of the city – keeping employment restrictions, but limiting restrictions on illegal aliens obtaining housing in Fremont.
U.S. District Court Judge Laurie Smith Camp upheld the city’s mandate that all employers screen the legal status of job applicants. This was a victory for the people of Fremont, who overwhelmingly approved the measure in 2008, before they were sued by the ACLU and others.
The judge blocked a provision barring illegals from obtaining occupancy permits to rent apartments or homes. But even here the judge stunned the plaintiffs by permitting the city to mandate a $5 permit application and citizenship checks to obtain an occupancy permit. The fact that the city can then report illegal status to immigration authorities will most certainly deter many illegals from applying in the first place.
Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach – who authored the ordinance, along with numerous others including Arizona’s landmark S.B. 1070 – certainly reflected the view that this ruling was a victory for the fight against illegal immigration:
“The decision represents a victory for the citizens of Fremont and a vindication of the enactment of this ordinance. 75 percent of the ordinance goes into effect. And I believe the ordinance will achieve the objective it was intended to achieve, regardless of whether that’s 75 percent or 100 percent…discouraging illegal immigration in the jurisdiction of Fremont.”
In meeting that objective, he said, the city protects its citizens from unlawful competition for jobs, reduces the financial burden that goes with residents living there illegally and combats the potential for crimes to be committed by those living there illegally.
There was some confusion early in the day, as the first report of the ruling – put out by the Associated Press – reported that judge Camp had “gutted” the Fremont ordinance, quoting a Plaintiff’s attorney declaring victory. But after Kobach’s statement, it became clear that most of the law was upheld. Egg on their faces, the AP shoved the piece down the memory hole, and replaced the biased piece with the truth.
The Fremont victory follows last summer’s U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of Hazelton, PA similar mandate on employer immigration checks, and proves that these local laws can be enacted in cities and towns across America – with the full legal backing of the courts.
Is your city or town overrun by illegal aliens, taking jobs, increasing crime rates and stretching schools, hospitals and social services to the breaking point? Then tell your mayor, town council or aldermen to enact a Fremont-style law NOW.
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