Appeals panel says Fremont immigration law is legal - News, Weather and Sports for Lincoln, NE; KLKNTV.com

Appeals panel says Fremont immigration law is legal

Posted: Updated:

By: Brittany Paris
bparis@klkntv.com

It's been a controversial issue in the 25,000 person city of Fremont for the past few years.

Voters approved the measure in 2010. It passed with almost 60 percent of the vote.

"This ordinance, you know, divided the community and I can see both sides of it," Fremont Mayor, Scott Getzschman said.

The immigration ordinance bans hiring or renting to people in Fremont who can't prove they're in the country legally. It also requires businesses to use a federal e-verify software program to check potential employees.

Sen. Charlie Janssen said the measure is a positive thing for the community and the country.

"A lot of great people come here," he said. "We have to remember that you don't want to be harsh to everybody. But the fact of the matter is these people broke our laws and there is a process for this and to come here legally."

Last year, a judge ruled parts of the ordinance discriminatory, saying they interfere with the federal law.

But on Friday, two judges out of a three member panel from the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected Judge Laurie Smith Camp's reasoning and reversed her decision.

"The federal government has failed to act on this. The state, sadly, despite my efforts, has failed to act on this," Janssen said. "And now, the court has vindicated us and said what we did was legal. And so we'll push forward."

Opponents of the ordinance, like the ACLU, said excluding undocumented immigrants from the city is unconstitutional.

"(It's) a sad day for those who trust in Nebraska's motto of equality before the law," Amy Miller, ACLU legal director, said.

Mayor Getzschman said they need to review the document before the city implements the ordinance.

"We need to review exactly what's in the document," he said. "I know there's some things that have  been removed and those are the things we need to get guidance on."

He said the ordinance won't go into effect for at least two weeks. The city council has a meeting on July 9. They'll discuss the decision and plans to move forward.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Police investigating multiple calls of shots fired

    Police investigating multiple calls of shots fired

    Posted By: Channel 8 Eyewitness News 8@klkntv.com Sunday night into early Monday morning, LPD has been responding to reports of shots fired in multiple locations around Lincoln. The first call came in around 10:30 p.m. Sunday night on the 2200 block of Dudley Street of three shots fired.  Police say following an argument about money, a male subject fired multiple rounds from a handgun and no injuries were reported. The shooter fled from the scene in a black Dodge Avenger drive...

    More >>

    Posted By: Channel 8 Eyewitness News 8@klkntv.com Sunday night into early Monday morning, LPD has been responding to reports of shots fired in multiple locations around Lincoln. The first call came in around 10:30 p.m. Sunday night on the 2200 block of Dudley Street of three shots fired.  Police say following an argument about money, a male subject fired multiple rounds from a handgun and no injuries were reported. The shooter fled from the scene in a black Dodge Avenger drive...

    More >>
  • Lincoln Police and Nebraska State Patrol search for car theft suspect

    Lincoln Police and Nebraska State Patrol search for car theft suspect

    Lincoln Police and Nebraska State Patrol search for car theft suspect

    Posted By: Channel 8 Eyewitness News 8@klkntv.com Police have currently set a perimeter near 13th and South Street while searching for the driver of a stolen vehicle. The vehicle was taken from 11th and G Street. Officers engaged in a short pursuit after locating the vehicle on 13th and South. The driver kicked a female passenger out and left her in an alley, and shortly after, abandoned the car. Lincoln Police K9 and Nebraska State Patrol air support are assisting with the searc...

    More >>

    Posted By: Channel 8 Eyewitness News 8@klkntv.com Police have currently set a perimeter near 13th and South Street while searching for the driver of a stolen vehicle. The vehicle was taken from 11th and G Street. Officers engaged in a short pursuit after locating the vehicle on 13th and South. The driver kicked a female passenger out and left her in an alley, and shortly after, abandoned the car. Lincoln Police K9 and Nebraska State Patrol air support are assisting with the searc...

    More >>
  • Northeast sophomore arrested in murder of Edgar Union Jr.

    Northeast sophomore arrested in murder of Edgar Union Jr.

    16-year-old Natavian Morton was taken into custody, charged with second degree murder, two counts of use of weapon to commit a felony and shooting into an occupied dwelling.

    More >>

    16-year-old Natavian Morton was taken into custody, charged with second degree murder, two counts of use of weapon to commit a felony and shooting into an occupied dwelling.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 KLKN. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.